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Everything, it seems, has become a vendetta with Jets coach Rex Ryan. First it was Peyton Manning. Now, as he preps his team for Sunday’s AFC semifinal playoff game at Gillette Stadium, it’s directed at the two leaders of football’s Evil Empire, Bill Belichick and his henchman/quarterback, Tom Brady. Then again, Ryan has been warring with those two since before last season. Here is a chronology of Ryan’s top jabs against the Patriots, including the ones he tossed out on Monday:

June 3, 2009
On facing Belichick for the first time: “The message has already been sent. I’m not here to kiss Belichick’s rings.”

Dec. 6, 2010
On his feeling that Belichick ran up the score in during a 45-3 loss at New England: “Trust me, we will remember this. There is no question about that.”

Jan. 6, 2010
On Brady’s success being a function of Belichick’s system: “I think there’s probably a little more help with Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning.”

On Brady’s “point-ed” celebrations after his touchdowns during the 45-3 massacre: “Just the way he — Brady being Brady. I don’t like seeing that. Nobody does. No Jet fan likes to see that. And I know he can’t wait to do it.”

On Brady’s decision to hit Broadway for a showing of “Lombardi” while the Jets faced the Colts: “Peyton Manning would have been watching our game.”

On facing Belichick in the playoffs: “This week, this is about Bill Belichick vs. Rex Ryan. There’s no question. It’s personal.”

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