FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- This time, Rex Ryan didn't try to impersonate his brother by wearing a long-haired wig and stuffing a pillow beneath his shirt. He did that before facing him in 2009. Ryan toned it down Wednesday, but he still managed a subtle jab with the help of a visual.
As he read the New York Jets' injury report at his daily news conference, Ryan held up a laminated sheet of paper. On the back, facing the room of reporters and cameras, were two photos: One of his brother, Rob, the New Orleans' Saints' defensive coordinator, grimacing when he lost three weeks ago on Tom Brady's last-second touchdown pass; the other photo was of himself, flashing a big, wide smile.
Under Rob's picture, it said: "Sorry about that Jets" -- a reference to how a Saints win over the New England Patriots would've helped the Jets in the AFC East standings.
Under Rex's photo, it said: "I wish I could look as good as my twin."
These days, Rex isn't nearly as theatrical as he once was, but he still had some fun with the whole brother thing. After all, this doesn't happen too often. This will mark the 10th time they've faced each other, but the first seven occurred in the college ranks. Rex is 2-0 in NFL meetings, 6-3 overall.
Asked which of them is better looking, Rex cracked, "Oh, please. It’s pretty obvious the lap band has worked for me. I’m just going to say that, putting it out there.”
Following Rex's lead, Rob decided to have the weight-reduction surgery. Clearly, he's more than a few pounds behind his brother.
Rex, relaying information he received from the New Orleans media, said one of the hottest-selling Halloween costumes in New Orleans is his brother's face.
"No surprise there," he said.