For Rex Ryan, who put his coaching reputation as a defensive wizard on the line with a week of inspired horn-blowing before his Jets met the Patriots, the cold-fish, no-look, post-game handshake he got from losing coach Bill Belichick had to be the sweetest reward of all. Ryan earned his reward by believing in himself, believing in his defense and believing that Jets fans would not reject as cheesy the coach’s clarion call for full-throated support against his team’s most vexing opponent. “We’re giving the game ball to our fans,” Ryan said Sunday after a 16-9 victory at Giants Stadium that ended the Pats’ eight-year winning streak on the Jets’ turf. “This game ball is going in our trophy case.” Too bad Jets f ...
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