What did Rex Ryan say about beating his brother Rob?
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"I beat my brother again," Rex Ryan said with a laugh to open his postgame news conference. "Just kidding."
The gentle jab came after Ryan's Jets defeated his twin brother, Rob, the Saints' defensive coordinator. Rex now is 5-0 in head-to-head matchups against his brother.
Leading up to the game, Rex praised Rob for leading the defensive turnaround in New Orleans. On Sunday, he praised Rob again, saying: "My brother has done a phenomenal job."
While the Jets' victory puts them above .500 -- and provides much-needed momentum heading into this week's bye -- Rex couldn't help but feel some sympathy pains for his twin.
"At the end of the day, now you realize that your brother just took a loss. That's the tough thing," said Rex, who has defeated Rob twice as a coordinator with the Ravens and three times as a head coach. "I pull for them every single week except one. I've mentioned it before -- I always look at their score . . . There's not one game I can tell you how it went today, but if the Saints were playing, I'd have known."
The latest installment of The Ryan Bowl garnered a lot of media publicity, but Jets players said Rex didn't use sibling rivalry as part of his pregame speech.
"No, it wasn't so much about his brother," said outside linebacker Quinton Coples, who had three quarterback hits. "At the end of the day, he was focused on us winning the game. We went in with the game plan. It was nothing about him beating his brother, although he takes pride in doing that. It was more about making sure we set a statement and do things the Jet way."
How did Nick Toon fare playing against his dad's old team?
Let's just say he won't be drawing comparisons to his old man anytime soon. The Saints receiver, son of Jets great Al Toon, had a rough day. He easily outran rookie cornerback Dee Milliner early in the game but dropped a long pass from Drew Brees near the sideline and close to the end zone.
That prompted this tweet from Joe Namath: "I don't recall ever seeing Nick's father drop a pass like that . . . "
Toon was targeted four times but had no catches. He also tipped a pass in the direction of Antonio Cromartie, who hauled it in for his first interception of the season.
The former Jet made his season debut after being activated from short-term injured reserve, but there were no warm, fuzzy feelings about facing his old club.
"It's a different coaching staff, and I think I know three or four players from when I was there," said Vilma, who was the Jets' 12th overall pick in 2004. "It was a little more personal when I played against them in '09. Now it's just another game."
Vilma, a 10-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowler, had only one tackle.