Ryan returns volley

Rex Ryan hasn’t lost his gift for gab.

The New York Jets coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator is blessed with a colorful personality that lends itself to sound bites and quotes. So it’s not shocking that when a reporter told Ryan during his conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday morning that the Ravens are 1-0 against the Jets under Ryan, the coach responded with a shot across the bow.

“We have not beat them since I’ve been here, that’s for sure,” he said. “You can throw in the preseason game, too, if you want. That’s exactly right. Now I will say this: we all talk about it, but I was there 10 years, and I’ve got a ton of friends there and the utmost respect for them and all that. But the fact of the matter is, we all said we were going to meet in the AFC championship game. Now, we haven’t won the AFC championship game, but we’ve got there two years in a row. The Ravens haven’t. So you can throw that one right back at them as well.”

When the same reporter reminded him that the Ravens have qualified for the playoffs every season since Ryan left, Ryan answered quickly.

“Well, I’ve gone to the playoffs every year, and I’ve gone to the championship game every year since I’ve been here as well,” he said. “But who cares? This is what it is. They know I did a great job there for 10 years. Those players did a great job for me there. They’re the reason why I’ve been put in this position and all that. And no matter what kind of ridiculous question it’s going to be, the simple fact of the matter is, they’re two pretty good football teams going at it.”


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