Rex Ryan figured things are going so well for the 6-2 Jets that he could afford to play a little dress-up Wednesday.
So he donned a long, blond wig and met the press in the persona of his now-heftier brother, Rob, who coincidentally runs the defense of their next opponent, Cleveland. While Ryan had a light-hearted blast at his twin sibling’s expense — he earlier told the Cleveland media he put a bounty of “not much, maybe five bucks” on his brother’s head — he left little doubt as to the true danger of visiting a 3-5 squad coming off wins over defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans and ever-powerful New England.
“You look at the way they’re playing, they’re laying it out there,” Ryan said.
Of particular interest was the Browns’ rookie running back. Peyton Hillis ranks seventh among conference rushers with 644 yards and seven touchdowns. He also has 30 catches for 229 yards and a touchdown.
“This Hillis kid is a man,” Ryan said. “Big, huge legs. Runs and catches the football. Stop the run. We finally get to play a good old-fashioned football game, and it’s gonna be fun.”
Probably not as much fun as ripping his brother, though.
“Truly, he is looking bad,” the slimmed-down Ryan, 47, said of the 295-pound Rob. “He should have had the lap-band surgery when I did. I used to be the big twin. Now I’m just the smart, good-looking twin.”