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“I think our football team has learned our lessons,” Ryan said, noting that he and his coaches and players “have to be held accountable to each other.”

Ryan is already well along the career arc his father traced. His players, too, love the spotlight he draws them into and all the freedom he throws around. But unless he gets serious about holding his players accountable, the party is going to end a lot sooner than anybody in New York expected.

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org