Rex Ryan still harbors hate for Patriots, rails against the ‘Patriot Way’
Rex Ryan has long harbored contempt for the New England Patriots, and a few years off the sidelines haven’t softened the former NFL head coach’s feelings toward the organization.
With the Patriots set to host the New York Jets, a team Ryan coached for six seasons (with minimal success against New England, it merits noting), Ryan unloaded on his coaching Kryptonite while railing against the so-called “Patriot Way.”
“You know what ticked me off is they thought they were better than you, better than us, not just as a team, but they thought they were doing something special, they were a better organization,” Ryan said this week, via ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “That pissed me off, man. The Patriot Way. I was like, the Jet Way is to beat the hell out of you.”
The Jets’ difficulty in matching up with the Patriots has continued after Ryan’s departure in 2014, as the team has dropped 14 of 16 games to their division rival.
Jets head coach Adam Gase — who enjoyed success against the Patriots during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins — has nothing but respect for the Patriots, saying he has no issue with how his team’s upcoming opponent has run up the score to the tune of 76-3 in victories over the Steelers and Dolphins.
All that said, the Jets head to Gillette Stadium on Sunday hoping to reverse their fortunes against the AFC East tormentors. It will be a tall order, as the Jets (0-2) sit as 23-point underdogs to Patriots (3-0) and are down two quarterbacks with Luke Falk set to start.
If the Jets hope to pull off a monumental upset on Sunday, Ryan believes his former team has to be prepared to do whatever it takes.
“Your mentality is, you have to go in there like you’re in a fistfight,” Ryan said. “That has to be your mentality. I used to tell our guys, ‘Don’t take any crap off those guys. None. I don’t care what that means. By any means necessary.'”