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Rex Ryan takes a shot at Tom Brady's first pitch

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan throws the

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan throws the ceremonial first pitch before the Triple-A baseball opener between the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Red Wings in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, April 9, 2015. Credit: AP

Tom Brady may have the advantage on the football field, but Rex Ryan believes he's got the edge on the baseball mound.

The former Jets head coach, now in the same position for Buffalo, saw an opportunity to take a shot at his Patriots rival -- and he didn't disappoint.

"I think there's an obvious thing that we should talk about first," Ryan said Wednesday during his news conference at the Bills' facility. "My pitch actually made it to the plate. It was a little wide, but I understand somebody bounced it -- I'm not sure who it was -- but Tom needs to keep his elbow up a little bit more, I think."

Brady threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park earlier this week, but the ball didn't reach home plate on a fly. Ryan, meanwhile, tossed the ceremonial first pitch at the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons' home opener last week. (It was low and outside, in case you were wondering.)

"I would have said, 'Hey, Tom. Let's take one practice toss out there on that mound, maybe,'" Ryan joked. "But Tom likes taking advice from me, I know. I'm sure he'll be working with that."

All kidding aside, Ryan made it clear on Wednesday that he respects his AFC nemesis.

"Here is a guy who is first-ballot Hall of Famer," Ryan said of the Patriots quarterback who won his fourth Super Bowl in February. "If he ever does something wrong, yes, I'll be all over him. But that doesn't happen very often. So that was a given, you know I was going to say something there."

Ryan, however, didn't back down from his harsh words for Jets tight end Jace Amaro.

"He's the least of my worries," the new Bills coach said, referring to the tight end's claims that the Jets weren't held accountable and has "issues" with lateness under Ryan in 2014.

Ryan fired back at those comments in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated article, saying: "He's full of [expletive], and I'll remind him of that when we play him. 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."

And on Wednesday, Ryan admitted Amaro's claim struck a nerve.

"Yes, it did. ? I've talked about. I'd rather just leave it alone," he said. "If you gotta stick something on your bulletin board to motivate your team ... you better be worried about my players, instead of me."

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