“The relationship between Rex Ryan and Tony Sparano was never warm over the past three years when the two butted heads as coaches of the New York Jets and Dolphins, respectively, so eyebrows were raised when Ryan hired Sparano during the offseason as his offensive coordinator following the departure of Brian Schottenheimer.
Asked during a conference call Wednesday if there might be some irony in that hire, Ryan didn’t disagree.
“It’s funny, because I never liked him,” Ryan replied. “It was the same way. I always looked at him, ‘Shoot, this guy.’ My biggest thing is, he thought he was tougher than me. He thought his team was tougher than mine, and I thought mine was tougher than his, and I thought I was tougher than him.”
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