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Highlights from Rex Ryan's conference call

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  December 2, 2010 11:02 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan didn't say anything that would stop the sports world, but he did throw out a few interesting thoughts in his conference call with the New England media moments ago.

On studying Bill Belichick defenses: "There's teams around this league that will take our third-down package. They just do it. They don't give credit or whatever. There's very few coaches that I steal from, but Bill Belichick's is one of them. So creative what he does coverage wise, how he looks at things, puts traps out there. The guy is an amazing coach. Best coach in football, it's not even close. That's a guy I will study. Each week I'll pop their tape on just to see what he's doing. ... "

On the difference between the Patriots defense since Week 2: "I think there is probably better communication. They seem to be making a lot more plays in the back end in particular. McCourty has made a lot of plays for them. They're just a sound defense. You got the big guys up front, obviously Vince Wilfork is doing a good job in there and Jerod Mayo is a good football player. They're doing a good job."

On looking at McCourty in the draft?: Yeah. For us it was Kyle Wilson and McCourty. We liked both of those guys. If either one of them would have been there we would have taken him. Obviously, Kyle was there and McCourty wasn't, so we took Kyle."

On winning on last possession?: "We're a resilient group. We're finding ways to win games and I think that's critical. First team in NFL history to win back-to-back overtime games on the road, I think that's quite an accomplishment. It doesn't matter who you play, every team's tough. ... We just find ways to win and I think that's what good teams do and when you have bad years, you find ways to lose. I think last year we kind of did both. We started off finding ways to lose and we ended up finding ways to win. I think right now, we're finding ways to win, so we'll take it."

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