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Rex Ryan Picks a Fight With Tom Brady, for Some Reason

Generally speaking, we are fans of when Jets coach Rex Ryan says something crazy, because we think he knows what he's doing. Since he came to the Jets, he has constantly put himself at the forefront of all discussions about the team, which, as some players have acknowledged, takes the spotlight off them. (Also: Ryan is so entertaining.) But we're not sure why Ryan suddenly felt compelled yesterday to go after Tom Brady. Not that we didn't enjoy it anyway.

During a presser yesterday, Ryan obligingly filled reporters' empty notebooks by denigrating Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whom the Jets aren't playing this week.

There's nobody like [Peyton Manning] in the league. Nobody studies like him. I know Brady thinks he does and all that stuff, but I think there is a little more help from [Bill] Belichick with Brady than there is with Peyton Manning.

To be fair, it's probably a stretch to say that calling Brady the second-best quarterback in the NFL is "denigrating" him, but you know what we mean.

Plus, it's always fun to make fun of Tom Brady. (This one might have been our favorite this week.) And it's surely going to make for a fun week if the Jets are to get past the Colts, with the Patriots waiting in Foxboro. What really makes this meaningless and yet so enjoyable is that Ryan is essentially doubling down. His mouth has set himself for so much potential embarrassment already — non-podiatry edition — with his declarations of Super Bowl glory that, hey, what's one more "Brady makes Ryan put his foot in his mouth" story? Pile it on! The Jets, at this point, can only hope they get past Indianapolis and give any of this an opportunity to happen.

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