One of the most bizarre stories of the 2010 season came from the discovery of online foot-fetish photos and videos featuring the wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan. The coach who generally talks about anything and everything consistently slammed the door on this particular topic, calling it a personal matter until the media stopped asking about it.
It has since bubbled up once or twice, thanks to (for example) Patriots receiver Wes Welker, who was benched at the outset of the playoff game between the two teams after making a string of snarky remarks about the subject to the press.
Months later, at a time when the issue was otherwise dead, it has again been dusted off. This time, the offender was the man who once shared a womb with Rex.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan sounded off on the issue in the Cowboys’ locker room on Monday, according to Clarence E. Hill, Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“Aw hell who cares,” Rob Ryan said of Rex, six days before the Cowboys and the Jets square off on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “Believe me, everybody has whatever screwed up thing going on. I don’t care. I’m sure you do, and everybody else that points fingers. Who cares? Everybody has a life off the field. Who gives a crap? I’m sure I’m worse than he is. So big deal.”
As Hill astutely points out, Rob Ryan’s comments provide something that neither Rex nor the Jets had ever supplied: Confirmation.
“Naw, I mean hell, he is a little freaky I guess,” Rob Ryan said. “Hell, I don’t know. I like everything about my wife. She got great feet, too. She got everything nice. What the hell.”
Rob surely meant no harm; in a roundabout way, he was trying to help Rex. Still, it remains to be seen whether Rex will be upset with his twin brother — and, if he is, whether Rex will make that known to the media, or to anyone. (Or guess is that, when Rex is asked about his brother’s comments, Rex will say what he said last year. Nothing.)
At a time when the Ryans’ coaching abilities and bravado have largely overcome the perception that they are wired to say too much, Rob may have harmed his ability to become a head coach by committing the kind of indiscretion that could make it even harder for an owner to entrust Rob Ryan to be the face and voice of an NFL franchise. With that job comes access to all sorts of franchise secrets. If Rob doesn’t know when to say “no comment,” he may not be deemed worthy to hold the kind of position that Rex has achieved.