FOXBORO -- Rex Ryan's conference call with Patriots reporters on Wednesday had a little edge to it.
Ryan took issue with a question when he was reminded that he's called himself an "above-average coach" in the past.
"You look at Bill Belichick's winning percentage against everybody else and against you, and it's higher against you," Patriots Football Weekly editor Paul Perillo asked. "Can those two things make sense to you that you're an above-average coach, but the record doesn't really say that?"
"Yeah, well, I guess," Ryan answered. "That's the way it is. You guys would know better than me."
Ryan then referenced the "above-average" remark a few times throughout the course of his call.
Asked about Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Ryan replied, "Above-average quarterback. Go ahead. You guys fill in the blanks. Whatever you want to say. Above-average quarterback."
On the Patriots running game and LeGarrette Blount? "Obviously, now when you see it, Blount's . . . I'd say [it's] an above-average run game," Ryan said.
When the call came to a close, Ryan said goodbye by telling reporters, "I'm gonna show you average who."
Ryan is 4-11 against Belichick during his career as a head coach for the Jets (2009-14) and Bills (2016). That gives Belichick a 73.3 winning percentage against Ryan, and Ryan a 26.7 winning percentage against the future Hall of Famer.
In Belichick's career since 2009, including playoffs, against coaches not named Rex Ryan, he is 85-29 for a 74.5 winning percentage. That would put Ryan's winning percentage against Belichick actually slightly above the 25.5 average put up by coaches who've competed against Belichick.
In that sense, Ryan is in fact slightly "above-average."
But in Belichick's career as a head coach dating back to 1991, including playoffs, during his time both in New England and in Cleveland, when coaching against coaches not named Rex Ryan, he is 230-113 for a 67.1 winning percentage. The 32.9 percent winning percentage posted by head coaches who have opposed Belichick exceeds that of Ryan's 26.7 mark.