Title talk turning Rex into a punch line

Ryan promises rings left and right -- but if he can't win here, he'll be just a bad joke

Updated: October 21, 2011, 9:48 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The NFL spotted Rex Ryan a touchdown this week, forcing the San Diego Chargers to fly across the country for a game scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on their body clocks. The league might as well have ordered Philip Rivers to throw left-handed, or to play once again with a torn-up knee.

West Coast teams often sleep-walk through these early East Coast games, a truth that might've given Ryan exactly what his New York Jets needed: a bio-rhythmic edge in a game they are desperate ...

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