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Ryan says his trash talk is really just Jets love

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan watches players

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan watches players stretch during football practice, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, in Florham Park, N.J. The Jets play the San Diego Chargers in an NFL football divisional playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 17 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) Credit: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan keeps getting peppered with questions about his coaching style and approach, which are about as unconventional as any seen since perhaps the days when his father, Buddy, coached the Eagles.

Ryan was asked Wednesday about the perception that he's the NFL's biggest trash-talking coach, and he made it clear that his words stem from feelings about his team more than anything else.

"Unless it is really warranted, I don't take shots at other teams specifically," he said. "I just build our guys up. If it's trash talking that I believe in our football team, then yes, I agree with that statement. I'm the biggest trash talker there is. I don't mean to be disrespectful to anybody else. I just have confidence in our football team."

Boston connection

Lito Sheppard returned to practice after a one-day hiatus for the birth of his son. Sheppard and wife Nicole named the baby boy Boston. It's not a slap in the face to Yankees fans, though.

"I think the nickname was more intriguing," Sheppard said. " 'Boss.' "

Boston weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and is 19 inches long. He's Sheppard's fourth child, joining brother Terrell and sisters Reighan and Mya.

"It's just one of those special occasions where you want to be there," he said. "Fortunately, it worked out. I was able to go through the whole experience and not miss anything that was going to affect this week of preparation."

Extra points

RB Thomas Jones and FB Tony Richardson were rested, though Jones is nursing a knee injury . . . If the Jets host the AFC Championship Game, they have created a waiting list for non-season ticket holders.

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