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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?

Rex Ryan jokes about Eric Decker being too good-looking for Jets

Eric Decker Five Four

Rex Ryan thinks Eric Decker might have a tough time fitting in with the Jets, and it’s not because of reason you might expect.

Ryan talked about his Jets during an interview with “Daily News Live” on SNY Thursday, and he was asked about Decker’s reality show.

Decker and his wife, Jessie James, have a reality show on E! that figures to receive more attention now that the couple is moving to New York.

Ryan joked that reality TV is not for him after the way things went during his time on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” He then took it upon himself to address Decker’s good looks.

“I will say this: that’s a good-looking kid now, there’s no question about it,” Ryan volunteered. “When he showed up, I’m like, ‘he’s not going to fit in the locker room because he’s way better looking than the rest of the guys we’ve got.’”

The good news for Jets fans is that Rex isn’t worried about Decker’s reality show being a distraction.

“I think he’s going to be more focused on football than he will anything else.”

We agree with him. Even with getting married, his wife being pregnant, and the reality show, Decker still had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He’ll be fine no matter what. And if something goes wrong with football, he can always just pursue modeling.

H/T Manish Mehta

Rex Ryan said to be ‘pissed’ about Jets not signing a top CB

Rex RyanRex Ryan is said to be “pissed” over the New York Jets’ failure to sign one of the top cornerbacks on the free agent market this offseason.

Not only was the team unable to bring back his favorite, Darrelle Revis, who signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, but they also lost Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the New York Giants. They failed to sign DRC despite having him in for a visit before the Giants, which is usually all you need in order to get a deal done.

Ryan loves having top cover cornerbacks because it allows him so many more options when constructing his defense. It’s no surprise he was ticked the team didn’t sign DRC.

Check out some of the tweets sent by Jets reporter Manish Mehta about the subject.

Maybe Idzik thinks the team will be able to address the need in the draft. Then again, it’s not like he’s drafted too well at corner. Last year’s first-round pick Dee Milliner was benched at times during the season.

Failing to sign Rodgers-Cromartie could also lead the team to bring back Antonio Cromartie, who was released earlier this month.