Rex Ryan wrong to expect boos from Jets fans when he returns with Bills

PHOENIX — Rex Ryan won’t be getting the ultimate honor of a parade down Paterson Plank Road before his first game back at MetLife Stadium, but he got it all wrong when he said he will be booed out of the stadium when he shows up wearing Bills blue on the sidelines. Ryan was not the greatest game day coach and he cared about offense about as much as he cared about pushing away from the dinner table before he had lap-band surgery, but he was the face of the franchise for six years. He did not deliver the Vince Lombardi Trophy or a trip to the White House as promised, but Rex was a man of the people, and I think he will be greeted with a huge ovation when he returns. He kept the Jets on the Daily News back page constantly, consistently overshadowing the Giants, except when the Giants went on their unexpected Super Bowl run in 2011. RELATED: REX RYAN GETS TATTOO OF WIFE SWITCHED TO BILLS COLORS When Ryan walks through the tunnel and onto the field at MetLife — the schedule is usually announced in late April — I think Jets fans will thank him for the AFC Championship Game appearances in his first two years and always keeping the team relevant, even when he was missing the playoffs the last four seasons. “Oh, they’ll love me like everybody does,” Ryan said Tuesday at the NFL meetings. “I’ll get booed like crazy. They are going to boo me out of the stadium. But what I’m looking forward to is going to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Red Cadillac. I’ll go there. So I think that’s what I’ll do.” There was more to his New York experience than a bunch of tacos and nachos. “There are some great people there,” he said. “I was blessed to be there.” In fact, the Jets should do the right thing for Ryan. He didn’t quit on them like Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick. He was fired. He was told to leave. Woody Johnson, who loved Rex, should have Continue Reading

Rex Ryan belongs on WFAN or ESPN New York radio: Riffing with Raissman

On this week's "Riffing with Raissman," the Daily News' Bob Raissman talks about how ESPN or WFAN should get Rex Ryan back on New York radio. He also discusses his interview with Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, where the sports talk legend talks about his partnership with Mike Francesa. Lastly, he ponders the possibility of a FIFA-like scandal striking American sports. Want more 'Riffing with Raissman'? Subscribe via YouTube. We want to hear from you. Hit us up on the Twitter with the hashtag #RiffingRaissman, and follow us at @nydnraiss. Get more Daily News video on our YouTube channel, or visit Continue Reading

Rex Ryan vs. Jets at MetLife in Week 1 would fit Bill for NFL

This should be a layup when the NFL announces the 2015 schedule this week: Rex Ryan at the Jets in the season opener at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 13. Why not start off with a little drama and trash talking? The old Rex disappeared for two years during the disastrous John Idzik regime, but the big-time bluster is back. Ryan has a new audience and Buffalo is starved for a winner — the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999, the longest streak in the league — and the organization has embraced him as the face of the franchise. Ryan held things in for two years as Idzik destroyed the roster and gave him no chance to win. He never was publicly critical of Idzik, but was pretty transparent last week in Sports Illustrated, without mentioning Idzik’s name, about getting hung out to dry in his final years with the Jets. And Rex continues to raise the stakes in his war of words with tight end Jace Amaro. RELATED: REX RYAN WANTS TO 'KICK THE S---' OUT OF JETS ON FIELD I think Bills at Jets would have been a lock for one of the two Monday night openers except that Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sept. 13 and ends at sundown on Sept. 15. In deference to their Jewish fans, the Giants and Jets each requested the NFL not schedule them at home any later than the 1 p.m. start on the opening Sunday. The Jets are a possibility to be the road team against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots in the Thursday night opener on Sept. 10. Darrelle Revis’ return to New England to face Tom Brady in the Tamper Bowl makes the Jets an attractive candidate, even coming off a 4-12 season. The Steelers or Eagles are the most likely team to face the Patriots. The league might want to save Ryan vs. the Jets for prime time one week later rather than placing it in the 1 p.m. slot on the opening weekend. The first meeting between Ryan and the Jets has to be at MetLife. It loses something if it opens way off-Broadway in Buffalo. Continue Reading

Jets release schedule for 2015 season, Rex Ryan returns to MetLife Stadium in Week 10

Rex Ryan's return to MetLife Stadium might be the most anticipated game of the Jets’ upcoming season, but fans are going to have to wait awhile to see it. The Bills don’t face the Jets until Thursday, Nov. 12 in 2015, but the inevitable drama of Ryan facing the Jets could reach even bigger heights at the end of the year, when Gang Green heads to Buffalo for the final game of the season. “I’m sure it’ll be pretty exciting,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday. “It’s a division rivalry anyway. When that game comes around in November I’m sure it will be exciting in both games.” Bowles’ head coaching debut will come against another familiar face to the Jets: former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and the Cleveland Browns will come to MetLife for the season opener on Sunday, Sept. 13. The Jets had requested a road game that day because Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown, but were turned down by the NFL. The league, however, granted their second request — a 1 p.m. home-opening kickoff. The Jets complained to the league in 2009 when their home opener conflicted with the Rosh Hashanah holiday and then their next home game was hours before the start of Yom Kippur. RELATED:COMPLETE 2015 JETS SCHEDULE The Patriots host Gang Green for the first of the two Darrelle Revis Bowls in Week 7. The two rivals play at MetLife in Week 16. The Jets will “travel” to the Giants on Dec. 6. In recent days Ryan has fanned the flames of the Jets-Bills rivalry by saying he’s going to try to “kick the s---” out of his old team in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Bowles, however, said he doesn’t pay attention to such rhetoric. “I’m just concentrating on the team I’m coaching now,” Bowles said. The Jets play three prime-time games: Week 2 at the Colts on Monday Night Football, Week 10 against the Bills Continue Reading

Rex Ryan has already moved on from Jets, still obsessed with Bill Belichick and Patriots

PHOENIX — Rex Ryan won’t even give the Jets the satisfaction of knowing he can’t wait to kick their butts this season, especially after Woody Johnson took a trip to the ATM and brought back Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie and traded for Brandon Marshall once Ryan left town. I was walking with Ryan in one of the courtyards after he arrived Sunday at the NFL meetings and gave him a clear opening to express any frustration with Johnson suddenly coming up with a new business model that’s actually designed to make the Jets competitive again, but way too late to save Rex. So, are you looking forward to the first meeting with the Jets next season? “No,” he said. “I’m looking to the first time I play New England, like always.” RELATED: JETS GM MIKE MACCAGNAN WON'T TALK MARIOTA VS. WINSTON Ryan’s obsession with New England hasn’t changed for good reason. He may be in Buffalo, but he’s still in the AFC East. In his six years with the Jets, he was 3-9 against the Patriots in the regular season and 1-0 in the playoffs. Ryan was handcuffed by two years with John Idzik as his general manager, but Johnson now has given Mike Maccagnan the go-ahead to spend millions. If this happened a year ago when Revis wanted to come back and Cromartie never wanted to leave, Ryan would have won more than four games and possibly kept his job. Revis was the best player Ryan coached with the Jets. He never wanted to lose him and then wanted him back last year. “Obviously, he’s a great player and he’s going back there and hopefully that will be a good fit,” Ryan said. “He’s a great player, he won a Super Bowl with New England, but he’s a Jet. He got drafted a Jet. It’s probably good for his legacy he goes back to New York.” Revis is guaranteed $39 million out of the $48 million he will make in the first three years of his five-year, $70 Continue Reading

Rex Ryan and Bills in position to take AFC East after Tom Brady suspension

Rex Ryan was probably somewhere in Orchard Park, N.Y., doing celebratory chest bumps around 5:30 p.m. Monday after the NFL delivered the news thatTom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of 2015 for his shenanigans in the DeflateGate scandal. The Patriots’ golden boy quarterback has been Ryan’s eternal nemesis, a persistent pain in the formerly portly man’s posterior, and an annoyance that has prompted many sleepless nights and fueled much anger. Commissioner Roger Goodell opened the door for Ryan’s new team by rocking the defending Super Bowl champions with a $1 million fine, the loss of two draft picks and a quarter-season suspension for their most indispensable player. Brady’s reprimand makes the Buffalo Bills the new favorite to win what has become an intriguing AFC East. It’s Ryan’s division to lose now, which will surely ratchet up his chatter to familiar ear-splitting levels. Ryan might have changed teams this offseason, but the Patriots are never far from his thoughts. He hates those dudes. “I’ll be honest,” Ryan said at his introductory news conference in January. “It’s still the Patriots that I want the most.” Ryan’s defense should send Patriots interim starter Jimmy Garoppolo into the fetal position when Bill Belichick’s team travels to Buffalo in Week 2 without its star signal caller. RELATED: BRADY SUSPENSION GIVES JIMMY GAROPPOLO HIS BIG SHOT Ryan knows full well that playing with underinflated footballs didn’t enhance Brady’s greatness, leaving some people on his staff to express disappointment in the league’s ruling to take Brady off the field. “I don’t want to beat New England without Brady,” one Bills coach told the Daily News. “Let him play.” New England has won 12 of the last 14 AFC East titles, including all six when Ryan was the Continue Reading

Rex Ryan makes fun of Tom Brady’s first pitch at Fenway Park

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan enjoyed an opportunity to needle New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And the Buffalo Bills new coach had much stronger words for New York Jets tight end Jace Amaro. Ryan, on Wednesday, poked fun at Brady for bouncing the ceremonial first pitch into the dirt before the Boston Red Sox’s home opener this week. At least, Ryan noted, the pitch he threw at the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons’ season opener got to the plate. As for Amaro, the coach dismissed comments the tight end made to SiriusXM radio, by suggesting the Jets lacked accountability under Ryan last season. Ryan stood by using a profanity to dispute Amaro’s accusation made in a Sports Illustrated article published this week. Ryan then waved his hand and said Amaro is “the least of my worries.” ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH TOM BRADY THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH HERE Continue Reading

Rex Ryan wants to ‘kick the s—‘ out of Jets when Buffalo Bills play them

The boisterous Rex Ryan is back, but now he’s not talking trash for the Jets, he’s doing it at them. Ryan, who got canned by the Jets after last season only to land in Buffalo, told Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB he hopes Gang Green does well, but not when he’s playing it. “I want success for Woody Johnson, I do,” Ryan said in the piece. “But don’t kid yourself — we’re gonna try to kick the s--- out of them when we bring our team in. “We’re going to try to whip your ass. There are people in that organization who are going to be lifelong friends to me. But this (the Bills) is my damn football family now.” It’s back to Ryan unplugged now that the coach is in Buffalo, and he’s at his trash-talking finest. The new Bills coach singled out one of his former players, Jace Amaro, after the second-year tight end was critical of Ryan recently. Amaro said on the radio recently that the Jets lacked accountability last year, but Ryan isn’t buying it. “He’s full of s---, 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 f—— b.s. comment,” Ryan said. “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.” Ryan, after making few loud proclamations in his final year with the Jets, did not hold back with SI, setting the bar high for his new club and dishing on his frustrating final year in Florham Park. He saw the writing on the wall, he said, when management started treating him differently. “I wasn’t the boss anymore, I was just a guy,” Ryan said. “Whether they want to say it or not, all of a sudden I became less important to the team. They were trying to pull away from me. Like it was my fault, somehow, that people Continue Reading

Bills coach Rex Ryan on Tom Brady ban: ‘No matter who’s there, we’re playing the Patriots’

It doesn’t matter whom New England has playing quarterback against the Bills, Rex Ryan just wants the same thing he’s always wanted — to beat the Patriots. “No matter who’s there, we’re playing the Patriots Week 2, they’re playing us,” Ryan said Wednesday, via “(Bill) Belichick’s going to bring his team in and he’s going to have them prepared. And I’ll promise you, I’m going to have our team prepared, as well. So that’s really all I think about it. All the particulars and all that stuff, I really haven’t given any thought to it.” MEHTA: REX RYAN'S CHANCE OF WINNING AFC EAST GETS PUMPED UP Presumably Ryan will be facing Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 2 now that Tom Brady has been slapped with a four-game suspension for DeflateGate. “I’m not feeling sorry for anybody,” Ryan said. “We’re going to play.” When he coached the Jets, Ryan was never shy about his desire to tackle New England. “Last I looked, it’s still the New England Patriots,” Ryan said. “They won the Super Bowl, right? I mean, that’s the last I looked. To me, we’re focused on getting our team better, and I don’t care who we play, who’s in our division or anything else. This is about us.”  Continue Reading

Jets’ Willie Colon backs Jace Amaro in spat with Rex Ryan

If Rex Ryan believes Jace Amaro is spinning a tall tale about the Jets’ accountability and lateness issues last year, then he’s calling Willie Colon a liar, too. Amaro found himself in Ryan’s crosshairs when, on April 6, he said the Jets had an issue with tardiness and accountability a season ago. While Ryan has been on a mission to counter Amaro’s claims, the tight end has now been backed up by his teammate, Colon. The offensive lineman, who re-signed with the Jets this offseason, also said lateness was an “issue” last year. “It’s the little things like that, the little things you just don’t talk about,” Colon said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on April 10, via the show’s host Alex Marvez. “You be on time; you be accountable for your actions.” Colon said he generally tries to keep those sort of problems “in house” but that it was an issue. “It’s one of those things where as a pro ballplayer it’s not hard to be there on time,” he added. RELATED: REX RYAN WANTS TO 'KICK THE S---' OUT OF JETS ON FIELD Ryan has fired back at Amaro three times since the tight end spoke up. He went so far as to call Amaro’s comments “f---ing b.s.” in Sports Illustrated and later offered a not-so-subtle threat that the tight end would receive payback on the field against the Bills. “It’s absolutely not the truth,” Ryan said on WFAN Saturday. “That kid’s a little, he’s going to get (his). We’ll see what happens.” Ryan also said it would have hurt him if a veteran like D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or David Harris had criticized him, but that it didn’t matter much coming from a youngster like Amaro. Except Colon, a veteran leader on the team, has now corroborated Amaro’s story. It would be Continue Reading