"I don't believe the one guy up in New England's got all the answers," Ryan told the New York Daily News. "I worry about ourselves, what we think of a player and how we evaluate a player. Do I respect the hell out of Bill (Belichick)? Absolutely. But if we think a player can help us, we don't care how we get him."
Ryan does indeed respect "the hell" out of Belichick. His twin brother, Rob, got his NFL start under Belichick as a linebackers coach. But Rex also wants to measure himself against the best.
It's not like Belichick is infallible. He has misjudged Albert Haynesworth, Chad Johnson and Joey Galloway, among others. Ask Patriots fans about his record of drafting early-round wide receivers.
All NFL organizations miss on evaluations from time to time. Ryan just enjoys tweaking football scribes with a penchant toward kissing those Belichick rings.