- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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On Monday, a miffed Rex Ryan made a cryptic remark about the "so-called experts" who second-guessed his brother's strategy on the final play of the New England Patriots' last second-win Sunday in Foxborough. His brother, of course, is New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
The Jets' coach didn't name names, but it's quite possible he was referring to former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, a studio analyst on NBC's "Football Night in America."
Commenting Sunday night on the Saints, Dungy said: "The defense let them down. ... This is just not good, sound defense.”
Dungy's sidekick, former Patriot Rodney Harrison, echoed that sentiment: “It’s just not smart defense.”
Ryan was quick to note that the Saints' defense, which allowed more yards last season than any team in history, has improved dramatically in its first season under his brother. The Saints are ranked 12th in total defense through six weeks.
"It’s easy to say, 'Oh, you play anything but that,'" Rex Ryan said, alluding to the Saints' coverage on the final play. "After the fact, that’s the only insight you’re going to get from these so-called experts that I’ve seen get crushed before by (Tom Brady). Now, they’re going to make the call? Yeah right. I’d put my chances with a Ryan over somebody else."
This wouldn't be the first time Ryan and Dungy have publicly disagreed. In 2010, Dungy was critical of Ryan's foul language in HBO's "Hard Knocks."