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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Rex Ryan talks rings with Chargers

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Rex Ryan's bombastic ways has struck the AFC West.

The New York Jets coach took a big shot at San Diego Chargers coach Norv Turner (he claims he wasn’t ripping him) on Wednesday. He told San Diego reporters that the Chargers would have won a couple of Super Bowl titles had they chosen him over Turner in 2007.

“Well, I think I would have had a couple rings," Ryan said when asked about how things would have unfolded if he were hired in San Diego. "I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason. Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there. And A.J. (Smith) and everybody. That's a great franchise, and he's probably the best guy for the job at that time."

Ryan called Turner to clarify his comments by saying it was a complement to what the Chargers have built.

OK, coach.

Ryan said he would have won Super Bowl titles with the Chargers. They haven’t with Turner. Make your own conclusion of what Ryan meant.

Don’t expect Turner to publicly show anger about the comments. But I know Turner a little bit. I know he is a competitive guy. I would not be surprised if he now has extra motivation to have his Chargers leave New York with a victory on Sunday.

UPDATE: Turner came back with his own snappy line.