As such, it was time for a nice family photo with the Ryan brothers and their father, legendary coach Buddy Ryan, before the game started. Here's one shot, via a Saints sideline reporter.
This probably will be the last time the Ryan brothers smile at each other until after the game is over. Particularly since Rex Ryan has dominated his brother throughout their NFL coaching careers.
As I wrote earlier in the week:
For the record, this is the third time a defense coached by Rob will face Rex when the latter is a head coach. In Week 1 of the 2011 season when Rob was the defensive coordinator in Dallas, the Jets won 27-24, and in Week 10 of the 2010 season when Rob was the defensive coordinator in Cleveland, the Jets won 26-20 in overtime.
The two met as dueling defensive coordinators in 2006 and 2008 (when Rex was with the Ravens and Rob was with the Raiders). The Ravens won 28-6 in 2006 and 29-10 in 2008.
Just for a reference point, here's how the brothers looked in the early 1980s (with mustaches!!!)
Overall, here's what to take from this post: photos of the Ryan brothers together, with or without facial hair, equal visual gold.
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