Rex Ryan gets testy during conference call with Patriots reporters

Rex Ryan gets testy during conference call with Patriots reporters

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.

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Ex-Patriots TE Martellus Bennett announces retirement

Martellus Bennett is moving on from the game of football.

The former Patriots tight end announced his retirement Friday night on Twitter, stating he is shifting his focus to his multimedia production company, The Imagination Agency.

Bennett, 31, had 55 receptions for 701 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 games during the 2016 season with New England. After rejoining the Patriots in 2017, Bennett battled hamstring and shoulder injuries but did play in two games, catching six passes for 53 yards.

Bennett also played with the Cowboys, Giants, Bears, and Packers over the course of his 10-year career.


Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

Arrest made in burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house

An arrest has been made in the Super Bowl week burglary at Rob Gronkowski's house.

Foxboro police announced Friday they have arrested 31-year-old Anthony Almeida, who has been charged with breaking and entering, receiving stolen property and malicious destruction of property.

The police also said they are searching for two other suspects, 26-year-old Shayne Denn and 28-year-old Eric Tyrrell.

Items taken from Gronkowski's house in the burglary included an Apple Watch, Rolex, and rare coins from the 1800s. Fortunately, those items have been recovered and Gronk will be getting them back. Police are still searching for the guns that were stolen from the house.