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Rex Ryan: Joe Namath's Criticisms Won't Make Me Change Who I Am

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Rex Ryan fired back at Joe Namath's criticism on Monday following the Jets' loss to the Raiders. | Getty

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan disagrees with Joe Namath's opinion that the Jets coach is making his team overconfident, which helped lead to its loss Sunday at Oakland.

"I'm not going to change who I am because Joe Namath said something," Ryan said Monday.

The Hall of Fame quarterback said on 1050 ESPN Radio on Monday that "it's rather alarming" Ryan allows his players to think "they're better than they are." He says Ryan is doing "a great job," but also says if the coach keeps telling his players how good they are, they might not prepare correctly.

Ryan says Namath, who led the franchise to its only Super Bowl title in 1969, would be "shocked" at how his team prepares.

"He doesn't know our team," Ryan says. "He's on the outside."

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