By Tom E. Curran
One would think that a seven-touchdown defeat in their last meeting would make Rex Ryan want to tread a little lightly around the Patriots as they prepare for Sunday's Divisional Playoff game. But Rex doesn't tread that way, literally or figuratively. During a Monday morning press conference, Ryan cautioned Bill Belichick about having even one slip-up against the Jets, and said Peyton Manning would have watched football this past Saturday night instead of going to Broadway as Tom Brady did. Manning, of course, will now have all the time in the world to watch plays andor football since the season of the smartest quarterback the world's ever known is over. Ryan's press conference was dutifully tweeted by my buddy Bob Glauber at Newsday.Some of the captured comments were: "If (Belichick) slips at all, we're going to beat him."Ryan looks at tape (snuff film?) of the Patriots 45-3 win over the Jets "every day." (Hey, the man likes sucking feet, too . . . he's gotan odd set of hobbies). Ryan told Belichick during the postgame handshake he'd "see him in Round 3" and that Belichick didn't say anything but just looked at him. And there was the Brady drive-by as well. Bill Belichick has his conference call with us during the noon hour.Brady foreshadowed what we can expect. Speaking on WEEI this morning, Brady said, "If theres a bunch ofBS going around, Belichick doesnt buy into that. He doesnt buy into the reporters to make their job easy to give them a bunch of stories."No, he doesn't. And some days - most days - that sucks because he doesn't even meet us halfway. But while Ryan sees getting the media to chortle and making sure the hype machine is running hot as part of his job, that approach hasn't yet proven to be effective long-term. Ryan might be a lot more entertaining to cover. But a Jets' season doesn't figure to last as long as a Patriots one.
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When Danny Amendola told the world on Tuesday that he's better than Tom Brady at ping pong, the quarterback must have been listening.
On his Facebook page, Brady published a snarling image of his face Photoshopped onto the body of a table tennis player. That paddle he broke after losing to Amendola three years ago? It's fixed, Brady explained in the caption. And he's ready for a rematch.
Talk about intimidation.
Vince Wilfork will be one of many well-known athletes to strip down and pose nude for photographs in ESPN The Magazine's's Body issue, joining a group that includes Cubs pitcher Jake Arrietta, Broncos defensive end Von Miller and Heat guard Dwyane Wade.
Judging by his latest tweet, the former Patriots defensive lineman -- who is listed at 325 pounds -- is getting pretty comfortable with the idea of becoming a model.
Now it's up to Tom Brady to play match-maker, it seems. Gisele retired from the runway last year so maybe her people are on the lookout for some new talent.
Bill Belichick released a statement on Buddy Ryan's passing Tuesday afternoon.
"Today is a sad day in football due to the passing of Buddy Ryan," Belichick said. "It was always very challenging to compete against Coach Ryan, who was father to a great football family that carries on his coaching and defensive tradition. My condolences are with the Ryan Family."
Belichick is certainly very familiar with Ryan's legacy and the tradition Ryan passed down to his sons Rex and Rob. The Patriots coach has competed against all three.
Rex Ryan has squared off with Belichick during his time as head coach for the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2015-present), and their matchups go back to Rex's days with the Ravens (1999-2008) when he was a defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator.
Rob Ryan, like his brother, got his first NFL break when his father was the head coach of the Cardinals in the mid-1990s. His second break, though, came from Belichick. He joined the Patriots staff during Belichick's first year as head coach in 2000 and coached linebackers for four seasons in New England. He has since competed against Belichick as a defensive coordinator for the Raiders, Browns, Cowboys and Saints. Rob joined Rex in Buffalo this year to serve as an assistant on the staff there.
For Belichick's thoughts on the impact of Buddy Ryan's famous "46" defense, we dug up some of his comments from a 2012 press conference that you can find here. He called the combination of Ryan's scheme and the talented players Ryan had at his disposal as defensive coordinator of the 1985 Super Bowl champion Bears "pretty unblockable."