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Rex defends himself against critics

Rex Ryan made some interesting comments in a sitdown interview with ESPN's Hannah Storm. Naturally, he didn't back down from his pre-season Super Bowl guarantee, and he showed his defiant side when asked about Joe Namath's recent criticisms, including Namath's contention that Ryan is "too nice" on the players.

"I'm not going to change who I am because Joe Namath makes a comment or somebody else makes one ... I really don't care," Ryan said. "This is my team. I have one shot, one shot in life. I'm going to do it my way and if the worse thing people can say about you is you're too nice, I appreciate that.

"I've been criticized my whole life and looked at a certain way," he continued. "I really don't care. I'm a lot smarter than people give me credit for. I'm a lot more competitive than people give me credit for and I can tell you this: I'm way tougher than people think."