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Rex Ryan fires back at Jace Amaro in SI article

Rex Ryan speaks at a press conference announcing

Rex Ryan speaks at a press conference announcing his arrival as head coach of the Buffalo Bills on January 14, 2015 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Credit: Getty Images

Jace Amaro may have just made himself a new enemy.

The Jets tight end raised eyebrows last week when he said the 2014 Jets lacked accountability and had an "issue" with lateness. And those comments made it all the way to Buffalo -- and his former head coach Rex Ryan.

"He's full of [expletive], and I'll remind him of that when we play him," Ryan told Sports Illustrated. "Look, we weren't perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that's a [expletive] comment. But, hey, he's happy that he's got a different coach in place. We'll see how happy he is when I play against him."

Shortly after the SI story made the rounds on social media Tuesday night, Amaro tweeted a cryptic message: "Game On Then." Shortly thereafter, Amaro deleted the tweet.

It all began on April 6, when Amaro was asked on SiriusXM NFL Radio about the demeanor of new Jets head coach Todd Bowles and Bowles' message to the team on their first day of voluntary workouts.

"He came in telling us that he expects to win," said Amaro, a second-round pick last season. "He's not really playing around with everybody being late. We had an issue with that last year. I think guys just weren't accountable last year as much they could be. And I think that's the biggest thing.

"He's making sure that everyone's going to be 100 percent in or you're not going to be on the team, so that's really going to filter out toward the guys. . . . He just wants to win."

Ryan made no apologies about his brash demeanor and players' coach mentality during his six years with he Jets. But he also could see the writing on the wall in his final days in Florham Park. Though he presented a unified front with former Jets general manager John Idzik, Ryan admitted in the SI interview that he could tell the organization was trying to distance itself from him.

According to the article, Ryan said he felt like a "leftover" under Idzik, "who could be replaced at any time."

Ryan added: "I wasn't the boss anymore. I was just a guy. Whether they want to say it or not, all of a sudden I became less important to the team.

"They were trying to pull away from me. Like it was my fault, somehow, that people identified the Jets with me, and that was a bad thing and not a good thing. I was just being who I was. From that point on I knew I wasn't going to be long for that job."

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