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“I told him I’d be happy to have him come back,” he wrote. “Part of me really wanted to coach Favre and I think we would have been great with him.”
He dedicates a chapter to last season, entitled “2010 … A Wild Ride,” and discusses several things that made news on and off the field, such as the Ines Sainz incident _ “It shook me up beyond belief” _ and when a coach tripped a Miami Dolphins player on the sideline.
“I’m telling you right now, I had no idea about it,” he wrote. “Mike Westhoff, our special-teams coach, had no idea about it. I promise you that. I’d happily take a lie-detector test to prove it.”
He talks about “Hard Knocks,” and things he liked and disliked about the series, and said former coach Tony Dungy’s criticism of his language on the show “really upset me.”
Ryan also said New England wide receiver Wes Welker apologized to him for making foot jokes during a press conference before a playoff game in reference to foot-fetish reports allegedly involving Ryan and his wife, Michelle. Ryan doesn’t address the foot-fetish reports in the book.
After beating the Patriots to get to the AFC championship game, Ryan said Belichick praised him in the postgame handshake.
“He came up to me and said, ‘That was an unbelievable coaching job. You deserve it and I hope you win the whole thing.’ He really said that,” Ryan wrote. “And I could tell he was sincere.”
Ryan thanks several people in the acknowledgments, from Jets owner Woody Johnson to the fans, signing off with: “We’ve got a championship coming, and I can’t wait to celebrate with you!”
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