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Friday, December 10, 2010
Buddy Ryan broke out the shovel in '59


New York Jets coach Rex Ryan apparently did not steal a page from Bill Belichick's motivational playbook, as I wrote two days ago.

Ryan caught his player's attention Wednesday, when he buried a game ball from Monday night's 45-3 fiasco against the New England Patriots. Ryan led his players out to the practice fields and held a football funeral.

Belichick pulled a similar stunt in 2001 after a bad loss to the Miami Dolphins dropped them to 1-4. The Patriots went on to win the Super Bowl. Ryan's twin brother, Rob Ryan, was the Patriots' linebackers coach at the time.

But the Ryan boys' father, Buddy Ryan, claimed Belichick didn't come up with the idea.

As a 25-year-old head coach for Gainesville High in Texas, Buddy Ryan buried a football in 1959 to help his team get over a 49-0 loss.

"It ain't nothing new," Buddy Ryan told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.