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Rex Ryan writes like he means it

New York Jets football coach Rex Ryan, left,

New York Jets football coach Rex Ryan, left, and team owner Woody Johnson are interviewed on the "America's Nightly Scoreboard" program on the Fox Business Network. (May 3, 2011) Credit: AP

Unless you have avoided TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet this week, surely you have heard Rex Ryan talk by now about his new book, “Play Like You Mean It.’’

But what about the book itself? Is it worth your money and time?

At 270 pages, it will not take up much of the latter, especially given the informal tone we are familiar with from listening to Ryan, captured nicely here by writing collaborator Don Yaeger.

Beyond that, your interest level likely will depend on the depth of your passion as a Jets fan.

There are insights into Ryan’s life and career, but other than previously reported shots at former players and the Giants, there are no bombshells. The mood generally is upbeat, boastful, playfully coarse and self-deprecating all at once, just like Rex himself.

My favorite story: Ryan, then the Ravens’ coordinator, is infuriated when owner Steve Bisciotti accuses him after a loss of being “along for the ride,’’ as in not invested in the results. He dashes off an indignant, profanity-laced letter and slips it under the boss’ door.

The next day Bisciotti tells him, “Rex, I said, ‘Are you along for the ride?’ Like, are you going home with us on the jet?’’

“Oh," Ryan writes in the book. "Well, that’s a little different.’’

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