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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Rex was bitter about not getting Ravens' job

By Mike Mazzeo

Rex Ryan has already faced the Ravens since becoming the Jets' head coach, so Sunday night's game in Baltimore isn't going to be as special.

"It hasn't even hit me yet, as much," said Ryan, the Ravens' former defensive coordinator. "The last time, when we opened up the [2010] season, I think I was feeling it then. Now, maybe after [Sunday's] defeat or whatever, our focus has been on our football team and getting better."

Still, Ryan admits he was bitter about not being named the Ravens' head coach in 2008.

"I had 10 years there," he said Wednesday. "That's hard to dismiss.

"There wasn't one person in that organization that I didn't like, with the exception of Ozzie," Ryan said, jokingly, of Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. "Really, they treated me well and all that. Was I bitter about not getting the head coaching job? Yes, absolutely, but when it was determined that John Harbaugh was going to be the head coach, I wanted to be the best coach that he's ever had under him and be the best coach I can be, and not worry about the job that I didn't have. That's how I approached the job.”

Ryan served as Harbaugh's defensive coordinator for one season before being named the Jets' head coach in 2009.

"They have five defensive players that I coached, specifically," he said of the 2011 Ravens. "There are four Pro Bowlers, by the way: Terrell Suggs, Holati Ngata, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. And Jarret Johnson is a great football player."

"I appreciate my years in Baltimore," he added, "and those guys were great for me, the reason I got into this job is the way those guys played."