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Rex Ryan laughs off being 'overrated'

Head coach Rex Ryan talks with referees during

Head coach Rex Ryan talks with referees during a game against the New England Patriots. (Oct. 21, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

What did Jets coach Rex Ryan think about being named the NFL's most overrated coach in a poll of 103 players conducted by The Sporting News?

"My first thought," Ryan said, "was I looked and I saw who was second and I said, 'Hey, I finally beat [Bill] Belichick. I got him. I knew it would take time, but I finally got him.'"

Ryan finished first with 35 votes; the Patriots coach was second with 16.

"Golly, like it hasn't been a tough enough year," Ryan said, shaking his head.

Still, he insisted he "wasn't offended by it. The overrated thing, it is what it is . . . At the end of the year, we'll see who's overrated."

Much more important, Ryan said, is whether players want to play for him.

"I think if you look at it and poll the same players about who they want to play for it’ll probably be where I always am, right at the top with [the Steelers' Mike] Tomlin," he said. "It's either me or Mike Tomlin one or two where the guys want to play for [us]. I don’t think that will change.

"As long as they want to come here and play and I’m overrated that’s fine. But I want them to want to come here and play."

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