He’s a breath of fresh air for Jets players with fresh memories of Mangini, but whenever new Jets coach Rex Ryan talks, he sounds a lot like the guy with the same last name who coached the Eagles and Cardinals after being one of the most famous defensive coordinators in NFL history, with the 1985 Chicago Bears.
Though Buddy’s son hasn’t stirred it up much since getting into a verbal spat with Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder in June, Ryan recently has taken shots at the team where he most recently served as defensive coordinator, the Ravens.
On Monday, Ryan was talking about his former players in Baltimore, and he pointed out defensive end Michael McCrary. And then Ryan wandered into a mini-rant regarding the decision of the Ravens to issue McCrary’s number to rookie Paul Kruger.
“I am disappointed that they gave his
jersey to some rookie who hasn’t proven sh-t,” Ryan said, via Aaron Wilson of the Carroll County Times. “Excuse my language.”
Ryan made some other less humorous, but nevertheless eye-opening, remarks about the Ravens in excerpts circulated by the team.
Specifically, Ryan spoke about the decision-making process relating to the retention in 2008 of outsidelinebackers coach Mike Pettine, who’s now the defensive coordinator with the Jets.
He never knew Mike Pettine,” Ryan said of Harbaugh. “He was like, ‘Let’s get rid of him.’ I begged [Harbaugh] to keep him, and now, of
course he knows who Mike Pettine is.”
So we sort of feel the same way about Ryan and his public remarks as we do about certain players and their Twitter accounts.
Once the pressure of the real games arises, things will get very entertaining.