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Rex Ryan thought Vernon Gholston was “phony”; warned Mangini not to draft him

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Publicly, Rex Ryan has said only nice things about Vernon Gholston.   He felt a little differently back in 2008, when Gholston was coming out of the draft and Ryan was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore.

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com has been skimming Ryan’s new book “Play like you mean it” and found a few choice passages about Gholston.  Ryan reportedly told his friend Eric Mangini not to take Gholston.

“I didn’t like the kid coming out of college . . . thought he was a phony,” Ryan said.

Ryan says he was in Gholston’s corner once he was “one of my guys” but Gholston never did turn the corner.

A few other choice nuggets from Cimini, via the book.

1. Wes Welker apologized to Ryan and his wife about his foot jokes at the Pro Bowl.

2. Ravens owner Steve Biscotti recommended Rex to the Jets over Brian Billick, who won a Super Bowl in Baltimore.  This is especially amazing because Biscotti would have saved $10 million he owed to Billick if the Jets hired him.

3. Ryan met with Brett Favre when he took the Jets job and told him he’d be “happy” to coach Favre.  This goes against previous public statements from the Jets.

4. Finally, it wouldn’t be a Rex Ryan book without a little trash talking.  On the Giants:  “I know it’s going to p— off Giants fans, but … we are the better team. We are the big brother.”

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12 Responses to “Rex Ryan thought Vernon Gholston was “phony”; warned Mangini not to draft him”
  1. valman61 says: Apr 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    Rex Ryan is eventually going to have to come to the same conclusion he did with Vernon gholston when thinking about his and his teams status in ny. They are phony. Second fiddle. The Mets of the NFL. They may be hot a year or two, they may try to emulate the king of the hill, and talk like ny is their city, but the fact is this is a giants Yankees city. They are the class A teams. Unfortunately for Rex and all Jets fans, it comes to nothing more than you may here from Charlie Sheen, winning. The Giants win titlles, the Jets talk about it. Plus the Giants are an overall more classy and historically significant franchise. There’s not much debate.

  2. hobartbaker says: Apr 26, 2011 2:48 PM

    “The guy was as phony as Cam Newton”, muttered a disgruntled Rex Ryan, rolling his eyes.

  3. hobartbaker says: Apr 26, 2011 2:49 PM

    That’s the way life is. Sometimes when you bring them home and take the socks off they’re just feet.

  4. ampats says: Apr 26, 2011 2:52 PM

    Any pictures of him holding the Lamar Hunt trophy which he predicted in writing on the ESPN bus he would win last year?

    Happy 42nd Jets fans !

  5. xsorethumbx says: Apr 26, 2011 2:59 PM

    any excerpts from the chapter on winning the super bowl last year?

  6. crazy2bbengals says: Apr 26, 2011 3:09 PM

    Rex Ryan = fat kid in the corner who talks because he wants you to know he is still there.

  7. Fred says: Apr 26, 2011 5:23 PM

    You want to p — Giants fans off, Rex? End the season winning instead of blathering on about how you’re gonna win next year. Between that and the locusts, Giants fans will be really pissed.

  8. prmpft says: Apr 26, 2011 5:28 PM

    …he could just tell by his shoe size…

  9. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 26, 2011 6:51 PM

    “I didn’t like the kid coming out of college . . . thought he was a phony,” Ryan said.

    then

    Ryan says he was in Gholston’s corner once he was “one of my guys”

    ****************************

    Umm, Rex, you sound like the phony to me.

  10. agelardi says: Apr 26, 2011 10:40 PM

    I’m a NY’er who lives close enough to NJ. Not a fan of either team but I can tell you this with 100% certainty… the Jets will always be the little brother. And on occasion little brother does better than big brother sometimes.

  11. tatum064 says: Apr 27, 2011 4:45 AM

    “Umm, Rex, you sound like the phony to me.”

    Five words. SAY IT TO HIS FACE.

    Rex Ryan = Best thing to happen to football since John Madden

  12. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 27, 2011 2:39 PM

    “3. Ryan met with Brett Favre when he took the Jets job and told him he’d be “happy” to coach Favre. This goes against previous public statements from the Jets.”

    I think we are going to come to find out that most of the negative things said about Favre to be untrue or stretches of the truth.

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