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Rex Ryan told his players to abstain this week, unless he didn’t

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Back in the days when athletes were routinely denied water while training, they also were supposed to avoid other activities that in theory could tap into the overall supply of energy.

On Wednesday, Jets coach Rex Ryan may have dusted off the old no-sex adage.  Unless he didn’t.

According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, a message from Ryan regarding the importance of focusing on this week’s game against the Patriots has at a minimum created confusion regarding whether players have been instructed to stay away from their wives or girlfriends, or both.

Newly-arrived receiver Josh Cribbs is quoted as saying that Ryan told players in a team meeting “don’t do nothing with your wife.”

Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson reportedly said “[m]ost definitely” when asked whether he interpreted the message to include an order to stay off the rides at the carnal carnival.

But here’s the full quote from Cribbs, as distributed by the team:  “I can tell he really wants this game. He was like, ‘Rest your legs.  Don’t do nothing for your wife.  Say, baby next week.  I’m going to do it next week.  I’m going to take out the trash next week.  I’ll take the kids to practice next week, but I have to rest for this game.  That just showed us how, I’m going to tell him to put it on paper so when I give it to my wife, I can be like, ‘Hey, Rex said that I don’t have to take out the trash.’  So, he might get a call from my wife.”

Asked by a reporter if Cribbs was referring to “something else,” Cribbs said, “You guys are sick.”

According to the Jets, Ryan also has clarified that he was referring to chores, and that he wants players to minimize additional responsibilities to focus on watching tape and preparing for the game.

So there you have it.  For Jets players, there’s no red light preventing them from a week filled with, well, fifty shades of green.

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49 Responses to “Rex Ryan told his players to abstain this week, unless he didn’t”
  1. vegasgreek says: Oct 16, 2013 8:13 PM

    Joe Namath could NEVER play for not so fat Rex.

  2. malibu67 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:13 PM

    darn it i just had dinner and thought I’d see what PFT had to offer. now i am sick to my stomach. thanks rhex and florio.

  3. wisdomnfl says: Oct 16, 2013 8:15 PM

    Cribbs is a nice pickup for NYJ. He is a player through and through.

  4. jimthebuilder27 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:17 PM

    What a clown! The circus continues

  5. charger383 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:17 PM

    Rex is really getting tough on them

  6. jetsclaps says: Oct 16, 2013 8:18 PM

    Umm, great article?

  7. patriots420 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:21 PM

    I can imagine a big plumbing bill coming to the MetLife stadium next Monday or Tuesday after the Jets release a weeks worth of pent up essence in the shower after another loss. Those poor drains.

  8. jets13 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:24 PM

    And what is wrong with this? Really………..if you were sitting in a room, and a dude with Ryan’s personality said this (not some hard ass)……..are you telling me you wouldn’t find it humorous? He is trying to lighten the mood while implying a point.

    As a Jets fan, I hope Johnson and Idzik keep him………..because if they fire him it will be like BB, his 2nd spot will be his golden spot…………………the man knows his football.

  9. sdcameron says: Oct 16, 2013 8:24 PM

    The whole “don’t have sex before a game” thing is a myth. It has been medically disproved.

  10. succulentnipples says: Oct 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    WTF? Really?

  11. rajbais says: Oct 16, 2013 8:26 PM

    Did Deadspin obtain another Rex Ryan got fetish video?

    Why sound so funky?

  12. bennyb82 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:28 PM

    The NFL just fined Suh for Rex Ryan’s comments.

  13. ryann252013 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:29 PM

    This is great!!

  14. wearethesteelers says: Oct 16, 2013 8:29 PM

    Feet.

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 16, 2013 8:31 PM

    Sacrifice basic family duty and chores for a grudge match football game? Sounds fun, but not a good example and just an embarrassing message to send to the public. That’s what the NY Jets stand for?!; shirk your parenting and spousal responsibilities and go have fun some with other adults instead. Excellent.

  16. returntoexcellence says: Oct 16, 2013 8:32 PM

    This guy is just creepy…

  17. swaggyy says: Oct 16, 2013 8:33 PM

    “No touching their feet! That’s my job!”

  18. bitw44 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:35 PM

    We could see some unusual reactions to contact this Sunday from gang green….

  19. genoinabottlenyj says: Oct 16, 2013 8:39 PM

    Well it never gave Tebow an edge thats for sure

  20. lightcleric says: Oct 16, 2013 8:39 PM

    If I’m a Jets fan I’m thrilled that this the worst kind of stuff they’re dealing with after last year’s mess.

  21. jc327 says: Oct 16, 2013 8:39 PM

    Rex has jumped the shark.

    Again.

  22. wolfmanpatriot says: Oct 16, 2013 9:01 PM

    Last thing jets fans need is a coach teaching them how to neglect the wife and household chores.

  23. helix828 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:01 PM

    thestrategyexpert says: Oct 16, 2013 8:31 PM

    Sacrifice basic family duty and chores for a grudge match football game? Sounds fun, but not a good example and just an embarrassing message to send to the public. That’s what the NY Jets stand for?!; shirk your parenting and spousal responsibilities and go have fun some with other adults instead. Excellent.

    ====================================

    Yes, I’m sure their millionaire wives are going to be incredibly upset that they might be forced to carry a single bag of trash. Or you know, wait a day.

  24. Stiller43 says: Oct 16, 2013 9:06 PM

    “Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson reportedly said “[m]ost definitely” when asked whether he interpreted the message to include an order to stay off the rides at the carnal carnival.”

    That doesnt mean the ride cant get on you…

  25. demonspank says: Oct 16, 2013 9:07 PM

    Don’t have sex with your wives. Go ahead and rest their feet.

  26. johnnyjagfan says: Oct 16, 2013 9:13 PM

    Awesome!! No Sugar Tonight in NY!! You dorks weren’t gonna get any anyways!!

  27. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 16, 2013 9:27 PM

    What does abstain mean?

    ~ Antonio Cromartie

  28. citizenstrange says: Oct 16, 2013 9:33 PM

    Even after turning 18 there have been several two year stretches at a time where I would have made an excellent prize fighter ….. or I guess a Jet.

  29. waldoampere says: Oct 16, 2013 9:33 PM

    Hard to believe that there are so many humorless people on PFT. Rex was having fun with his team. Good for him.

  30. mikejonesforum says: Oct 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    Brady will call Rexy’ s wife and offer to take her trash out.

  31. freshnsoclean says: Oct 16, 2013 9:44 PM

    Since Bo Jackson had sex before every single game, I can’t imagine what he would of done if he didn’t!! /sarcasm

  32. mikejonesforum says: Oct 16, 2013 9:48 PM

    The not so famous QB for the Jets who is rehabbing an injury has had enough time to take a load off of the Ryan household, but that’s old news.

  33. JMClarkent says: Oct 16, 2013 10:05 PM

    WOMEN WEAKEN LEGS!

  34. vikescry1 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:07 PM

    patriots420 says:
    Oct 16, 2013 8:21 PM
    I can imagine a big plumbing bill coming to the MetLife stadium next Monday or Tuesday after the Jets release a weeks worth of pent up essence in the shower after another loss. Those poor drains.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————— funny i thought you were gonna say for all the lonely wifes!!

  35. doe22us says: Oct 16, 2013 10:18 PM

    Tell that to Cro man.. weird, i thought i heard this only during the World Cup…

  36. 1uniquename says: Oct 16, 2013 10:18 PM

    Why so serious you guys? I mean wow not everything is meant to be taken literally he’s simply asking his team to be well rested. I’m a dolphins fan and would love Rex as my HC and I hope the jest are dumb enough to fire him.

  37. lunarpie says: Oct 16, 2013 10:44 PM

    Hopefully, the Jets shutout the Patriots and more coaches do this… Women need to learn their place in both nature and the home. Victory results.

  38. ytownjoe says: Oct 16, 2013 10:54 PM

    Namath has got to be laughing his ass off.

  39. coltzfan166 says: Oct 16, 2013 10:56 PM

    Revis is speechless

  40. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 16, 2013 11:23 PM

    Regardless of what Rex actually told them, I think we can all agree that Adrian Peterson should probably try to abstain for a while.

  41. zinn22 says: Oct 16, 2013 11:24 PM

    I bet Rex never had to give Tebow this speech.

  42. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:18 AM

    Ryan’s record vs the Pats is 2-7 I believe, so he’s desperate to win this for a lot of reasons.

    Hopefully we’ll see the look that was on Rob Ryan’s face at the end of the game transposed to Rex this week.

  43. robyesno says: Oct 17, 2013 2:30 AM

    Some stuff can be kept in house with then no need to clarify or explain away.

  44. chiadam says: Oct 17, 2013 6:39 AM

    Gross.

  45. hehateme2 says: Oct 17, 2013 8:29 AM

    DESPERATION knows no bounds with Wrecks.

  46. backdapack4evr says: Oct 17, 2013 2:12 PM

    Jets = Joke
    Get a coach for crying out loud!!

  47. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 17, 2013 2:29 PM

    helix828:

    I guess my first rebuttal was too hot, so let’s just say quite simply there are better ways to focus on football without having to create a message revolving around using family abandonment or shirking of responsibilities as being necessary to get ready to play your best. That’s just silly and a negative-energy based message. That’s just not good practice for the human spirit, and thus not good football mentality training imo.

  48. bleedrangerblue says: Oct 17, 2013 4:56 PM

    As a life long jet fan I want this game too. I will not be doing any chores around the house for my wife. I’m resting til Sunday …

  49. lanman11 says: Oct 17, 2013 5:07 PM

    Rex is throwing their personal intimate lives out in the public eye to be ridiculed, hoping (knowing) the players will take it personal and respond. It’s just a strategy by a man that realizes his team needs something extra emotionally to compete with this team. It also says he is consumed with the Patriots, to the long term detriment of the rest of his program/team/franchise.

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