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Rex Defends Talk

Rex Ryan doesn't care for criticism of him or his boastful nature.

"I'm true to myself," Ryan told reporters after practice at the team's training center in Florham Park, New Jersey on Wednesday.

"I just build our guys up. If it's trash talking that I believe in our football team, then yes, I'm the biggest trash talker there is.

"I don't disrespect anybody else. I just have such a confidence in our football team.

"I'm just taking my team in and I expect to win."

Jets Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold said he appreciated Ryan's enthusiasm.

"That's what makes Rex awesome," Mangold told reporters. "He's not your typical head coach. He has a lot of fun. When you put it (the itinerary) out in front of people and tell them here's how it looks, it puts it in the back of your mind.

I always think people make too much of it. Isn't every coach and player supposed to believe they can beat anybody? A lot of people are more inward about these feelings, but anybody successful in the NFL or life has the same attitude. As Mangold says, it helps instill the same kind of confidence in the locker room.