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SI Poll: Players want to play for Rex

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, second

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, second from left, hugs Cleveland Browns head coach Eric Mangini before the Jets play the Browns in an NFL football game. (Nov. 14, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Rex Ryan considers himself players coach. Now, he has a little validation.

In this week’s Sports Illustrated poll, a grand total of 279 NFL players were asked "Which Other Coach Would You Like To Play?”

Nearly a quarter of the players tabbed Ryan as their man. Ryan garnered 21 percent of the vote, followed by the Steelers coach Mike Tomlin (12 percent), Saints coach Sean Payton (9 percent), Titans coach Jeff Fisher (8 percent) and Patriots coach Bill Belichick (7 percent).

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