FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jets coach Rex Ryan told Newsday on Monday, "As much as I respect and admire Bill Belichick, I came here to kick his ass, and that's the truth. That's just the way it is."
Belichick was asked Tuesday for his reaction to that comment.
"Sure, that's understandable," he said at his Tuesday news conference. "Hey, there is no love lost out there between those two teams. We both want to win. That's what we're here for -- the Jets and the Patriots, both teams are walking out on the field to come out victorious. Is that a big news story? Is that something we didn't know -- the Jets want to win the game, the Patriots want to win?"
Asked if he's amused by Ryan's outspoken style, Belichick said, "I'm not really worried about anybody else. I'm just trying to get this team ready to play. I'm not surprised that they expect to win and they're confident they're going to win. So are we. It might be a headline story for you guys -- both teams expect to win."