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Rex Ryan challenges the league to beat the Patriots; not worried about 'Ochocinco'

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  August 1, 2011 03:04 PM

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Rex Ryan rarely disappoints at a press conference. Today was no exception.

The quotable New York Jets head coach (also sporting a new tribal-style tattoo on his calf) met with the media today at Jets training camp in Florham Park, N.J. and was asked if he thought his team was now favored to win the AFC East division.

"In my mind [yes]," Ryan said. "I don't know about everybody else's [mind], we usually aren't even favored to win, our first year I think I got here we were supposed to win six games or five games or four games, whatever, I don't know what the experts say, I just know what I believe in my heart and that's that this is going to be our year.

"Again, I think we have to find somebody out there to beat New England besides us and I think that would help. Anybody out there that wants to sign up: Are you good enough as a team to beat the New England Patriots? Forget about us, are you good enough to go out there and beat the New England Patriots? I'm challenging the league.

Ryan also spoke about the Patriots acquisition of Chad Ochocinco.

"Well, I always said this: When it was Chad Johnson, we could never stop him. But when it's Chad Ochocinco, I've been more successful. So I hope he doesn't change his name back, but I have a great deal of respect for him, he's a tremendous player. I mean absolute tremendous player, going along with [Tom] Brady that's, and the guys [Wes] Welker and all those guys, wooo, I'm glad we got the corners we got."

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