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Ray Lewis: I'd choose Rex Ryan over Bill Belichick

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Ray Lewis: I'd choose Rex Ryan over Bill Belichick

With the Patriots playing the Bills on Monday Night Football, our good friends from ESPN are in town to broadcast the game.

That means we get to hear a bunch of nonsense out of the talking heads prior to its start.

And nobody provides more nonsense than Ray Lewis.

Lewis played for 16 seasons in Baltimore, nine of which were under Rex Ryan when Ryan was a defensive line coach and then defensive coordinator from 1999 to 2008. The two obviously became close during that time. But did they become so close that Lewis would just blindly choose playing for Ryan over playing for Bill Belichick?

Apparently. Lewis said before Monday's kickoff that if he had the choice of which head coach to play for, it would be Ryan, and not Belichick, who has four Super Bowl rings to his name as a head coach.

Surprised? You really shouldn't be.

". . . I'm not choosing nobody else but Rex Ryan," Lewis said. "If you're asking me Bill Belichick or Rex Ryan, I'm taking Rex Ryan all day because Rex relates to players as well as myself more like a father."


World's greatest dad? That's a debate we could have all day. But when it comes to world's greatest coach, that's an easy one. And it ain't Ryan.

But if any coach and player were meant for each other, it's Ryan and Lewis.

h/t to Barstool Sports for the link.

Report: Patriots 'may have an interest' in recently released Gerald McCoy

Report: Patriots 'may have an interest' in recently released Gerald McCoy

The New England Patriots made a transaction on the defensive line when they re-signed Danny Shelton on Monday afternoon. However, the team might not be done adding at the position, and they may have an interest in another defensive tackle who has just become a free agent.

That player is Gerald McCoy. He and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mutually parted ways on Monday afternoon. It was widely assumed that the Bucs wouldn't keep McCoy around given his $13 million cap hit and the lack of guarantees in his remaining contract. Now, that has come to fruition, and McCoy will be looking for a new team.

According to Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, the Patriots "may have an interest" in adding McCoy to the team.

But McCoy has already made well over $100-million. At this point in his career, he figured if he’s going to sacrifice salary, it will be to win a championship with a perennial playoff contender like the New England Patriots, who may have an interest in signing the six-time Pro Bowler and reuniting him with former Bucs defensive end Michael Bennett.

If McCoy does want to join a potential contender, the Patriots would make sense. After all, they have made it to the last three Super Bowls, and McCoy could easily find a role on that defensive line. In all likelihood, McCoy would earn a starting job next to either Lawrence Guy or Mike Pennell while the other remaining defensive tackles (Shelton, Byron Cowart, David Parry, Adam Butler among others) would compete for one or two spots on the depth chart.

Still, adding McCoy wouldn't necessarily be easy for the Patriots. They only have about $3.67 million in cap space (per @PatsCap), so if McCoy's demands are higher than that, they would either have to open up space or bow out of the sweepstakes. And they will certainly face competition for his services, so that could drive up McCoy's asking price.

McCoy, 31, had 28 tackles and 6.0 sacks in 14 games last year. He has recorded at least 5.0 sacks in each of the last seven seasons and has 54.5 career sacks, a great number for an interior defensive lineman.

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Todd Gurley is clearly not over Super Bowl 53 loss in latest Instagram ppost

Todd Gurley is clearly not over Super Bowl 53 loss in latest Instagram ppost

It appears Todd Gurley is still not over the Rams loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 judging by his latest Instagram post. 

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Gurley's anti-Boston t-shirt makes sense considering the success Boston has had over Los Angeles lately. Of course, there was Super Bowl 53, where the Patriots held a potent Rams offense to three points and a measly 4.3 yards per play. Gurley was battling a knee ailment but only managed 35 rushing yards on 10 carries despite insisting before the game that his knee was healthy

The Super Bowl was an incredible letdown for Gurley after a spectacular statistical 2018 campaign. He amassed 1,251 rushing yards and 580 receiving yards and led the league in total touchdowns with 21. 

Then there was the World Series, where the Red Sox dispatched the Dodgers in five games, with LA's only win coming in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3. 

Perhaps Gurley and the Rams will rebound this season with hopes of meeting the Patriots in the Super Bowl again. But until then, the Rams' association with Boston won't be a pleasant one for them. 

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