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Rex Ryan relieved stinky Patriots won’t be stinking up Jets’ practice facility before Super Bowl


Count New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan among those who are extremely relieved that the New England Patriots’ bid for yet another Super Bowl berth came up woefully short in the Mile High City on Sunday.

Had the Patriots somehow managed to outplay the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that is the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos offense — and actually produced on offense — and eked out a win in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots ultimately would be infringing on the Jets’ territory.

With the Super Bowl being held at MetLife Stadium, the AFC champion will be utilizing the Jets’ practice facility.

What would it have meant had New England punched its Super Bowl ticket on Sunday? The Patriots — yes, the stinky Patriots — would have stinking up the Jets’ practice facility when the squad traveled to New York/New Jersey to begin preparations for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Speaking to the New York Post’s Brian Costello at the Senior Bowl on Monday, Ryan commented on while he’s unhappy the Denver Broncos will use the Jets’ facilities, it’s nice that the dreaded possibility of the Patriots invading the Jets’ turf never came to fruition.

“It could be worse … it could be New England,” he said.

Ryan apparently made that in jest in a joking manner, but every joke has a kernel of truth. The near-vitriolic antipathy Ryan has for the Patriots is well-known and runs deep. He is the guy, after all, who once boasted to his players that he intended to punch Bill Belichick in the mouth when the two met at midfield before a game a few seasons ago.

Ryan did further expound on how it bothers him that another NFL team will have access to the Jets’ facilities. He also added the only way he would root for another team in the Super Bowl is if the team employed his brother, Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

“Obviously if it’s not us, I want it to be my brother. If it’s not either one of us, you don’t even care,” Ryan said. “But it does put a little sting in you that golly, somebody is using our facilities. That bothers you and it should bother you.”

Golly indeed. Now that’s a word you don’t expect to hear out of Rex Ryan’s mouth. Maybe the old football coach is softening up after all these years.

Not so fast on that presumption. Here’s what Ryan had to say about his plans for 2014 now that he has signed a contract extension with the Jets (via the New York Daily News):

“My mentality is never going to change,” Ryan told the Daily News on Monday after watching practice at the Senior Bowl. “I plan on kicking some butt. I just want to be a part of this team. This is where I want to coach.”

Now that’s the Rex Ryan we have come to know and love.