Rex Ryan is going out in a blaze of glory.
The soon-to-be-former Jets head coach met with the media on Christmas Eve, one day after the NFL announced the players who qualified for the Pro Bowl. And Ryan objected to the failure of defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to make it by questioning the skills of a guy who did.
After saying Ryan was “kind of shocked” by the snub of Sheldon, Ryan took an indirect shot at Rams rookie defensive tackle Aaron Donald.
“If it kept him out of the Pro Bowl because some guy had ‘X’ amount of sacks, and that guy can’t hold his jock as a player, to be honest with you, I think that’s kind of strange to me,” Ryan said, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com.
Ryan didn’t name names, but he said, “I guess you guys will figure out who I’m talking about.” Cosentino, citing an unnamed source, explains that Ryan was indeed talking about Donald.
“Clearly, the guys missed on Sheldon Richardson,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to look at the big picture … I see the tapes. This guy deserves to be in there. There’s no doubt about it.”
A combined vote of players, coaches, and fans determines the Pro Bowlers.
While Donald and Richardson play in different conferences, the Pro Bowl players currently are compiled without regard to AFC or NFC. So Donald took a spot that could have gone to Richardson.
While Richardson didn’t specifically call out anyone who made it instead of him, the second-year player admitted that his reaction to not making the team was “too explicit for TV.”
Apparently, he didn’t watch Hard Knocks when the Jets were the featured team and Ryan was the star.