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Rex says he's similar to Brady, admires Belichick

June 4, 2009Referring to the New England Patriots'

June 4, 2009
Referring to the New England Patriots' Super Bowl wins, newly-hired Rex Ryan tells the New York media, "I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings. I came here to win, let's put it that way. I'm certainly not intimidated by New England or anybody else." Photo Credit: Joe Rogate

Rex Ryan tossed out the compliments today, perhaps trying to fool the Patriots with a little love fest, knowing what lies ahead in exactly a week.

He compared himself to Patriots QB Tom Brady and also talked about his admiration for Belichick, opening up his press conference with a couple of shout outs to New England's main men.    

"I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady," Ryan said minutes ago after the Jets wrapped up today's short practice here at The Hangar. "I mean, the obviously physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that he’s married to a supermodel? Hello?"

That's when Ryan reached underneath the podium, pulling out a December edition of a particular magazine and turning to a page that featured a picture of his wife Michelle.

"Yeah," Ryan said. "I’m also married to a supermodel. I just happened to turn to "InStyle" magazine, page 329. OK? So I just realized that we are very similar that way, all right?"

Ryan gushed about Belichick, the very same man whom he once said he's not here "to kiss Bill Belichick's rings."

"I admire Bill Belichick and the reason I do is because I think he’s the No. 1 coach in this league and that’s indisputable and all that," Ryan said. "He’s smart, he gets his team every single year, gets ‘em going, great evaluator of talent. But I do admire him as a son of a coach and all that.

"Do I want to be like him? Nah, I want to be like myself, but I want to have the success that he’s had. But you like to compete against the best and that’s why I like going against him. It’s something that I try to give my best shot every time out and I know he gives us his best shot. That’s what we expect Monday night and I know we’ll get it."

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