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Rex Ryan, Andre Williams exchange trash talk

Rex Ryan weight lossAndre Williams has been in the NFL for exactly 104 days, yet the New York Giants rookie running back has already learned how to stoke the rivalry fire. The Giants play the New York Jets in their annual preseason showdown on Friday night, so Williams decided to toss the first grenade to make things interesting.

“I think the Giants are the real New York team,” he said Tuesday, per George Willis of the New York Post.

When a reporter asked Rex Ryan about the remark on Wednesday, he brought up one of Williams’ losses at Boston College.

“Last time I saw him he was getting smoked by Clemson,” Ryan said.

The Eagles lost to Clemson 24-14 last October, which wasn’t bad considering the difference in skill levels between the two teams. Williams has held to just 70 yards rushing in the game.

Of course, Rex’s son Seth plays for Clemson.

After the jabs were out of the way, Ryan did praise Williams.

“I will say that kid’s a good back, though. He is,” Rex said. “I was like, ‘Is anybody going to tackle him?’ It’s great. I have a funny feeling he’s going to get some Riddells [helmets] on him, but we’ll see. I have a feeling he’s going to be pumped up and trust me, our guys are going to be pumped up, too.”

Williams has rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries in the preseason and is making a solid case for a time share with Rashad Jennings. He said his comment about the Giants being New York’s real team was more about supporting Big Blue than ripping on the Jets.

“This is my first year and I’m not too sure about what’s going on with the rivalry thing,” Williams explained. “But there’s definitely a different feeling this week than last week. I’m just trying to buy into it.”

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Rex Ryan explains dizzy bat drill

Jets-dizzy-batRex Ryan has a job to do as the head coach of the New York Jets, and that’s get his team ready to play regular season football in less than a month. And in order to fulfill that task, Ryan apparently feels his players are going to need be able to perform while dizzy.

Ryan has had his rookies going through a dizzy bat drill in practice this year. It starts with a player spinning around in circles with his head on a baseball bat in order to get really disoriented before trying to run and tag a teammate. Once tagged, the next player steps up and does the same thing.

When 250-pound men are running around and slamming into one another, people are going to get dizzy. However, Ryan insists the drill is only being used to lighten the mood and get the energy level up.

“Just trying to get the energy level boosted up,” he told reporters, via NJ.com’s Dom Cosentino. “Get guys smiling, laughing and feeling good. Now you are ready to work. It’s just like in the classroom: You want to get people to smile; you get more out of them when they are attentive. I thought we would break it up just a little bit and start with that drill.”

Why would this make NFL commissioner Roger Goodell nervous? One of the ways a player would become dizzy is by suffering a concussion. If that happens, that player should not be able to return to the game. We all know how many problems the NFL has had with concussions over the past few years. It might sound like a stretch, but this is the way people think now.

GIF via The Big Lead

Rex Ryan: Mike Pettine’s comments are ‘disrespectful’ to Patriots

Rex Ryan JetsWe all know how Rex Ryan feels about Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. So when his former defensive coordinator accuses the Pats of cheating, you’d think Ryan would laugh and/or agree.

That was not the case when Rex was asked about Mike Pettine’s assertion that the Patriots have gotten their hands on opponents’ playbooks before.

Pettine told Greg A. Bedard of The Monday Morning Quarterback that Tom Brady once bragged to a Jets assistant coach about how New England had copies of a couple of the Jets’ defensive playbooks. The Browns coach also said he is not surprised, since he heard Ryan hands out playbooks “like candy.” Rex seemed bothered.

“One thing I know for a fact, it’s disrespectful to New England to say, ‘oh, they did this…” Ryan said, via CBS New York. “Every single game, your playbook changes. Your game plan changes every single week.

“Your playbook, if you study your opponent, is based on your preparation. This thing has probably been blown out of proportion a little bit. To me, this is a lot to do about nothing.”

ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini said Ryan added that it “ticks (him) off” when people insinuate that the Patriots had some sort of unfair advantage when playing the Jets. Current Jets defensive coordinator said the Pats would have to be able to decode what they were looking at even if they did get a copy of the playbook, so it wouldn’t matter.

“It sounds like everybody’s got to talk to Pettine because it seems like he’s got all the information,” Ryan added. “I don’t understand what he’s trying to gain with it.”

This probably isn’t the type of attention Pettine needs in his first season as a head coach. Whether he was joking or not, he really doesn’t gain anything by making enemies. Maybe he’s trying to take the attention off Johnny Manziel.

Rex Ryan supported Eric Decker missing OTA to be with wife Jessie James

Eric Decker wife pregnant

Rex Ryan knows how the old mantra goes: a happy wife is a happy life. That’s why the New York Jets head coach completely supported wide receiver Eric Decker missing a Wednesday OTA practice to be with his wife, Jessie James, to present at the Country Music Television Awards in Nashville Wednesday night.

Though Rex was proud of the team’s near-perfect attendance at the voluntary OTAs, he was in favor of Decker going to the event.

“Well, speaking as a married guy, (I) absolutely recommended that you would go to that, OK? So that would be recommended,” Ryan said via Newsday. “You ask for their support, you need to support them too.

“But this is really voluntary camp,” he added. “Things like this pop up. This is the time to do it. It’s not like it happened during the season. But again, certainly we support Eric and things, and he’d be treated no different than any other teammate regardless of how much they’re making.”

Decker’s wife is a country singer who has performed at Denver Broncos games in the past. She released an album in April, a month after she gave birth to the couple’s first child.

But the best part about her is her sense of humor:

That’s the real reason Rex let Eric go. That, and because she must have nice feet.

Rex Ryan takes shot at Tim Tebow with false Eric Decker stat

Eric DeckerRex Ryan is hoping Eric Decker will give the New York Jets something they have been lacking in recent years — a reliable wide receiver. Guys like Santonio Holmes have been good for stretches, but the Jets haven’t had a consistent threat at wideout since Ryan was hired. Rex is so high on Decker that he is throwing around false stats to make him sound better.

Earlier this week, a reporter asked if there is any concern over Decker’s stats being inflated over the last two seasons because Peyton Manning has been throwing to him.

“He did catch eight touchdown passes when [Tim] Tebow was the quarterback,” Ryan replied, via Newday’s Kimberley A. Martin. “Hey, that’s pretty impressive.”

While Martin chose not to address Ryan’s factual inaccuracy, Eric Edholm of Shutdown Corner pointed out that only four of Decker’s touchdown receptions in 2011 came from Tebow. He and Tebow hooked up for five scores total, and one of them came in the final week of the 2010 season. So yes, Decker managed to catch eight touchdowns in a season without Manning. That doesn’t mean they all came from Tebow.

“Clearly, he is going to be a go-to guy,” Ryan added. “We know what we’re getting. This is going to be a guy that you can get him the ball in critical situations.”

The Jets signed Decker to a five-year, $36.25 million contract, so they obviously expect him to make a huge impact. He’ll certainly be an upgrade for New York, but I doubt he can duplicate the numbers he put up with Manning.

As for Rex’s phony stat — that seems like it was more about taking a shot at Tebow than it was pumping up Decker. That just goes to show you how much Ryan enjoyed his time with the Florida Gators legend.

Rex Ryan’s weight loss is impressive: He’s down 130 pounds

Rex Ryan weight loss before after

Rex Ryan looks like a totally different guy from the porker we all got used to seeing on the New York Jets’ sidelines during his first few seasons as the team’s head coach.

Last year, we noted that Rex was down 120 pounds since undergoing lap band surgery in 2010. Ryan was alarmed to find out he weighed 348 pounds upon stepping on the scale before the 2009 AFC Championship Game, which led him to make the lifestyle change. As of last year, he was weighing 230 pounds and had a 36-inch waist.

Ryan has apparently dropped even more weight since.

Ryan was one of the coaches on NFL Network’s four-part Total Access Live “Coach Speak” series and, according to NJ.com, he said on the program that he’s lost 130 pounds since the surgery. That would mean Ryan weighs around 120 pounds, which is a pretty comfortable weight for a man of his size and build.

Many people have been plagued by weight issues during their lives, so I’m sure many of us can relate to Rex and applaud what he’s done … even if he underwent an operation to help get there.

Rex Ryan may alter his Mark Sanchez tattoo

Rex-Ryan-Mark-Sanchez-Tim-TebowRex Ryan was always a huge supporter of Mark Sanchez when the former USC star was with the New York Jets. How big are we talking? Rex has a tattoo of his wife wearing a Jets jersey with Sanchez’s No. 6 on it. So yeah, that big of a supporter. Now that the Jets have released Sanchez, what’s going to happen to the tattoo?

On Tuesday, Ryan was asked if he still has the tattoo. He proudly rolled up his sleeve to display the ink, noting that it “was my tattoo and still is my tattoo.” However, he did not rule out changing the number on the jersey.

“I may alter it, who knows?” Rex said, per Newsday’s Tom Rock. “I may put 75 on it and honor Winston Hill. I think that’s the idea. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Hill is a former Jets offensive lineman who played for New York when Rex’s father Buddy Ryan was an assistant coach there. It would probably be challenging to turn a No. 6 into a No. 75, but I’m sure a good tattoo artist could do it.

[Photo: Rex Ryan's Mark Sanchez tattoo]

As for Sanchez, Ryan explained why he felt such a close connection to Sanchez during their five seasons together.

“That was my first draft pick, me being a coach that was my first pick,” he said. “You have the vision that this guy is going to be with you for 10 years. I’m sure every coach has that. Very few make it that far. I think in an ideal world, that’s what you would have liked.”

Rex also said that he thought being released from the Jets would be good for Sanchez, as he believes he is still capable of earning a starting job elsewhere. You know what’s coming next, right? Bill Belichick is probably going to sign Sanchez. How much would The Hoodie love Rex having a tattoo of one of his players?