EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Rex Ryan and Norv Turner's postgame handshake didn't escalate into Harbaugh-Schwartz Part II.
In fact, it was quite cordial.
Despite trading verbal barbs through the media this week after Ryan made an off-handed comment about not getting the San Diego Chargers' head coaching position in 2007 -- which went to Turner -- the two met amicably at midfield following the New York Jets' 27-21 victory over the Chargers on Sunday afternoon.
"Before the game, I told him I thought I could get him inside. I was going to have to work the body," Ryan said jokingly while making a boxing analogy. "Obviously, my chin's not so great so I have to worry about that one punch of his."
Ryan then turned serious, adding, "I have so much respect for Norv, and I talked about the respect I have for that organization. That's never changed. It was something that was unintentional and unfortunate, but like I said, we'll probably see them again."
Said Turner: "I just told him congratulations. They're a great football team."
The drama began to unfold on Wednesday, when Ryan was asked what would've happened if the Chargers opted to hire him instead of Turner.
"Well, I think I would have had a couple of rings," Ryan said. "I'm telling you, those teams were loaded."
The Chargers haven't won any championships. Ryan was hired by the Jets in 2009.
Before Turner heard Ryan's comments, the Jets coach, realizing what he'd said, immediately called to apologize.
"I hadn't seen his quote, and I was a little bit surprised by the call," Turner said at his Wednesday news conference after receiving Ryan's apology. "And then after I saw the quote, I didn't have a chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he's guaranteed the last couple of years."
"I think we're even though, because he did get me with a good shot," Ryan said Thursday.
Ryan cracked plenty of jokes about Turner's reaction to what he said, suggesting that he'd wear a helmet to avoid another postgame coaching standoff like the one San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz had this past weekend.
"I do think I'll be able to get my relationship back with Norv," Ryan said. "I think we'll be OK."
Ryan continually praised Turner and the Chargers' organization throughout the end of the week.
Ryan said that he didn't think he was taken seriously until the team brought him in to interview for the Chargers job. It was the first time he'd been considered for a head coaching position, and even though he didn't get that job he said it led to other interviews and ultimately to the Jets position.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus was used in this report.