Either he was playing coy, or Rex Ryan was the last person to learn about Antonio Cromartie's profanity-laced comments about Tom Brady.
"I'm not really familiar with them," the Jets coach said in a conference call with New England media on Wednesday morning. And his ignorance sounded pretty convincing.
Once the comments that appeared in the Daily News on Wednesday morning were relayed to Ryan -- as sensitively and professionally as possible -- Ryan didn't seem to be too bothered by them.
"Is there dislike between us and Brady? Of course there is," Ryan said. "A comment like that is just that they're the enemy this week."
Ryan said there would be no punishment or admonishment towards Cromartie. "We're not apologizing for anything," Ryan said. "Trust me, they're saying a lot worse about me. It's just not printed."
Ryan did say that he and the organization do respect Brady. He said they voted for him to start in the Pro Bowl and voted for him as player of the year.
"There's plenty of respect," Ryan said, "but we don't have to be all lovey-dovey."
Still, it appears very difficult for anyone with the Jets to resist taking shots at Brady. Even when the conversation on the call turned to a casual chat about the snowfall in Florham Park and Foxboro, Ryan took a swipe.
"Brady struggles in bad conditions," he said. "Go ahead and lay that one out there too."