The Jets coach famously (or infamously) said during his introductory press conference as the team’s head coach last year that he wasn’t here “to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings,” though he has always been complimentary of the Patriots’ coach and his accomplishments.
But he always speaks his mind, and yesterday when he was asked about his rings comment by Newsday’s Bob Glauber, Ryan had another, ahem, colorful quote.
“I just told the truth. I came here to win. As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I came here to kick his ass, and that’s the truth. That’s just the way it is,” Ryan said.
Ryan has brought up Belichick’s name unsolicited this week, and spoke of his admiration for his rival coach. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a desire to beat him on the football field.
“I came here to beat him, and I’m never going to backtrack on that,” Ryan said. “I do respect him and all that, absolutely. But he’s the one to beat. I recognize that he’s the best coach in football, and he still is. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try to go beat him, because you’re darn right I’m trying to beat him, without question. He’s going to get my best.”
Asked about Ryan’s comments just now during his press conference, Belichick brushed them off.
“That’s understandable. There’s no love lost between these teams,” Belichick said. “That’s what we’re here for. Is that a news story? Is that something you didn’t know? Patriots and Jets want to win the game? I’m not surprised that they expect to win the game, they’re confident, so are we.”