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Belichick on Rex's challenge, tattoo

8/2/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- On Monday, Jets coach Rex Ryan challenged the rest of the NFL to beat the Patriots.

"We have to find somebody out there to beat New England besides us," said Ryan, who owns a 3-2 career record against Bill Belichick. "That would help. For anybody out there, are you good enough to beat New England? I'm challenging the league."

The topic was brought up to coach Belichick on Tuesday, in a lighthearted manner, and he responded by saying he hadn't heard Ryan's remarks. Watching news conferences of opposing head coaches isn't exactly on his radar.

"I didn't see that one, and don't think I've seen any other ones in a long time, so I'm just focused on going out there and trying to improve today," he said. "I'll leave the analysis to the experts here."

When asked if he'd ever challenge an opponent to beat another team, Belichick said, "Right now, I'm just worried about the challenge we have as a football team. I think we have a big one as far as where we need to go, and how much work we have to do to get there. I'm kind of focused on that."

Told that Ryan showed off a new tatttoo on his right calf, Belichick was asked if he would be revealing any new tattoos himself. He smiled.

"I'd like to see that one," he said. "Tattoo-free."