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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Bombastic New York Jets coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan was the talk of the combine last year when he guaranteed that his team was going to win the Super Bowl. Standing in the same room today, about a month and a half after his team endured an 8-8 season and a divided locker room, Ryan was significantly less brash. In fact, he blamed himself for what Ryan called a “terrible” season. “In all seriousness, looking back, obviously it was a huge mistake to make that guarantee,” Ryan said.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 9, 2014
After the New York Jets minicamp wrapped up in June, coach Rex Ryan was asked which players stood out to him during the three minicamp practices. Former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle was the second player he mentioned. “I think you saw a little bit of why we're so excited about him and optimistic about him,” Ryan told reporters. “He is physical. He's able to press and get both hands on you in press. He'll compete, and I think those are things that we were looking to see and I think we saw today. All of us saw it.” McDougle, the Jets' third-round pick in this year's NFL draft, missed the first two of the Jets' three organized team activities (OTAs)
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By Mike Preston | September 29, 2011
Because Ravens outside linebacker Jarret Johnson plays on the same defense with Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, he often gets overlooked when you talk about the Ravens' front seven. But Jets coach Rex Ryan won't overlook the Ravens' ninth-year strongside outside linebacker. Johnson may not get a lot of tackles because he is usually wrestling some tight end, but he has been close to pulling off several sacks this season.  “I'll tell you a guy that's underrated is Jarret Johnson,” Ryan said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
They'll always be linked, not just by similar coaching pedigrees and shared experiences, but because of one January 2008 decision that helped shape two franchises for years to come. To John Harbaugh, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. To Rex Ryan, it was a slight he'd never forget. After firing Brian Billick following the 2007 season, the Ravens selected Harbaugh as their next head coach, choosing him over a group of candidates that included Ryan, the team's defensive coordinator.
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By Conor Orr, The Star-Ledger | September 28, 2011
Some of the familial ties between the Jets and Baltimore Ravens bring up bittersweet memories during game week. For one, there's the head coach, Rex Ryan, who was passed over for the head coach's job in Baltimore in 2008 after a decade as an assistant with the team, eventually leading him to the Jets. “Was I bitter about not getting the head coaching job? Yeah, absolutely,” Ryan said today of losing the Ravens job to John Harbaugh. And then there's the veteran wideout, Derrick Mason, who was released this past July by the Ravens after spending six seasons in Baltimore.
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By Matt Vensel | July 12, 2011
Last month, Ravens safety Ed Reed made an interesting remark about Jets coach Rex Ryan, saying that he and other unnamed players had hoped Ryan would get the Ravens' head coaching gig in 2008. Recently, in an unfiltered interview with Pro Football Focus, Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott, who followed Ryan to New York in 2009, tried to explain where Reed was coming from when he made those comments about Ryan to ESPN. “I’m sure you guys are into the news and heard what Ed Reed said a couple of weeks ago about how disappointed he was and about how he wanted Rex to get the head job in Baltimore,” Scott said.
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By Matt Vensel | June 23, 2011
ESPN’s Ed Werder tracked down Ravens safety Ed Reed at his annual football camp in Louisiana this week, and Reed said that when he entered the NFL, he planned on playing until he was 35. But after suffering a hip injury and a nerve impingement in his neck in recent years, he isn’t sure how much longer he will play. “I don’t want to be like these guys having neck surgery and then you got to have another surgery just to continue to play this game,” said Reed, who missed six games in 2010.
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Mike Preston | November 15, 2010
As the New York Jets get bigger, the legend of their head coach Rex Ryan grows in Baltimore. Ever since the Ravens lost to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday in a last minute comeback by the Falcons, we keep hearing comparisons of Ryan and current Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, which is unfair to both men. Ryan was a great assistant coach and coordinator here, and he has done a terrific job in New York during the last two seasons....
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Peter Schmuck | August 6, 2010
News item: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is back in the prediction business. He said this week that he looked into his crystal ball and saw a Super Bowl Trophy. My take: In a cruel cosmic twist, he didn't notice that it had "1969" engraved on it. News item: New Orioles manager Buck Showalter went 3-for-3 in his debut series against the Los Angeles Angels. My take: Maybe it was just a coincidence — since the O's have swept a few series this year without any noticeable change in overall direction — but it's also possible that Buck was the wakeup call this organization needed.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2013
Ravens Pro Bowl outside linebacker Terrell Suggs behaved for most of his time with the media -- until someone asked him about New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's tattoo. Ryan used to be the Ravens defensive line coach and coordinator. Suggs remains close to Ryan. "I probably got something on my ass that ya'll never see that is probably inappropriate," Suggs said. "Who cares? I think you guys blew it way out of proportion. I don't really think it's a big deal. I think everybody should have a certain amount of privacy, even though they are in the public eye, no matter who they are. Even our president deserves a certain amount of privacy.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2013
Twelve years before they went head-to-head for an NFL coaching job, John Harbaugh and Rex Ryan were on the same staff at Cincinnati . In 1996, Harbaugh was the Bearcats' assistant head coach and special teams coordinator. Ryan was their defensive coordinator. “We had a great year together,” said Harbaugh, whose Ravens face Ryan's New York Jets Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. “Actually, I was the assistant head coach on that staff, and he called and was interested in a job there.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
The Ravens announced this morning that about 200 tickets are available for Sunday's game after the New York Jets have returned some of their allotment. The Jets (5-5) come to M&T Bank Stadium led by former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan and former Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed, with his second team this season. The Ravens (4-6) need to win to keep any playoff hopes alive. The available tickets for the 1 p.m. game can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 410-547-SEAT or by visiting www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets or www.ticketmaster.com .  
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
A couple of familiar faces will return to M&T Bank Stadium this weekend, but straits are too dire for the Ravens to focus on getting reacquainted with New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and free safety Ed Reed. Their Jets are somehow ahead of the Ravens in the race for the AFC's final wild-card spot and the Ravens desperately need a win. My hunch is that they will get it with their best performance of the season. 1. ED REED WILL INTERCEPT ONE JOE FLACCO PASS: Reed, the former Raven and future Hall-of-Famer, is now with this second team this season, but he is still looking to make his first interception.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has taken some criticism after taking out his credit card on the air at ESPN and saying he would help pay a fine for a player who delivered what was deemed an illegal hit to a quarterback. If it was some other members of the media I would have a problem, but I don't consider guys like Lewis, Michael Irvin or Warren Sapp as credible media representatives. I think they are former players turned actors and they give us theater every week during the football season.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When Ed Reed made his Houston Texans debut and his return to Baltimore on that Sunday afternoon back in September, the free safety made so little impact, even one of his former teammates wondered where Reed -- the bearded, ball-hawking, sure-fire Hall-of-Famer -- was during a 30-9 Ravens victory. “I didn't [notice] him out there until the end of the third," befuddled Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones said without the slightest hint of malice. "I was like, ' Is Ed Reed playing ?
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
On a conference call with Baltimore media Wednesday, former Ravens safety Ed Reed, who signed with the New York Jets last week, spoke candidly about his brief time with the Houston Texans and the circumstances that led the Texans to release him last week. Reed said that he was surprised that the Texans, who have dropped eight straight games since starting the season 2-0, released him after he played just seven games for them. And he made it clear that he thought it was defensive coordinator Wade Phillips who wanted him out of Houston.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter seemed prepared for a question today regarding his feelings toward New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's belief that the Orioles should have played an extra game on the road to accommodate the Ravens' proposed home opener on Sept. 5. Because the Orioles already have a scheduled night game on Sept. 5, the Ravens aren't opening at home, which is the tradition for Super Bowl champions. The Ravens will instead will kick off the NFL season that night in Denver.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
They'll always be linked, not just by similar coaching pedigrees and shared experiences, but because of one January 2008 decision that helped shape two franchises for years to come. To John Harbaugh, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. To Rex Ryan, it was a slight he'd never forget. After firing Brian Billick following the 2007 season, the Ravens selected Harbaugh as their next head coach, choosing him over a group of candidates that included Ryan, the team's defensive coordinator.
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By Matt Vensel | July 3, 2013
In eager anticipation of the 2013 NFL season, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will take a daily look at one of the 13 opponents on the Ravens' regular-season schedule. Today is the New York Jets. A few years ago, it looked like Ravens-Jets might become one of the best non-divisional rivalries in the NFL. The Jets hired Rex Ryan, the defensive coordinator for the Ravens who was edged out by John Harbaugh for the head-coaching job in Baltimore, and Ryan brought his swagger to the Big Apple.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter seemed prepared for a question today regarding his feelings toward New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's belief that the Orioles should have played an extra game on the road to accommodate the Ravens' proposed home opener on Sept. 5. Because the Orioles already have a scheduled night game on Sept. 5, the Ravens aren't opening at home, which is the tradition for Super Bowl champions. The Ravens will instead will kick off the NFL season that night in Denver.
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