Rex Ryan calls Amari Cooper a “turd”

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With no sports to create drama, people who talk about sports need to fill the drama vacuum.

Former Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan, now with ESPN, did that on Friday, dubbing Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper a “turd.”

“I wouldn’t have paid this guy,” Ryan said Friday on ESPN’s Get Up regarding Cooper and the five-year, $100 million contract he signed. “To me, this is the biggest disappearing act in the National Football League. He doesn’t show up on the road. He doesn’t show up against — when the competition’s good, when he’s against the top corners, that guy disappears. . . . This is who he is. . . . [H]e doesn’t love football. Hell with it, he stops his routes, he does all this. I wouldn’t have paid this turd. No way in hell. No way in hell would I have paid this guy.”

Ryan is entitled to his opinion, but “turd” is a very strong choice of words. In NFL parlance, a guy who isn’t very good is referred to as a “slapdick” or a “slappy.” (“Slapdick” or “slappy” also applies generally to low-level players and team employees who are readily interchangeable. . .  #TheMoreYouKnow.)

The term “turd” goes to a player’s character, suggesting that the player is someone who consistently does things he shouldn’t and gets in trouble. You know, someone who gets fined $50,000 for giving a fan the middle finger in 2010. Or someone who gets fined $75,000 for cursing out a fan at a game in 2011. Or someone who gets fined $100,000 for yelling “f–k you!” at someone after a game in 2014.

In contrast, Cooper has done nothing like that, or anything else to which the term “turd” would apply.

So tune in Monday, then, when Ryan inevitably apologizes for his choice of word.

41 responses to “Rex Ryan calls Amari Cooper a “turd”

  1. Rex Ryan is the neighbor who is theoretically a nice guy who you talk with for like 2 mins twice a year, but never actually want to hang out with.

  2. Rex Ryan is wrong and out of line to call Amari Cooper a “turd,” especially, as Mr. Florio points out, in light of his own well-documented boorish behavior.
    That said, he’s not wrong about most of the football stuff — with regard to Cooper, I mean.

  3. turd


    a lump of excrement.
    a person regarded as obnoxious or contemptible.
    a man who gets a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey, and nothing else.

  4. Rex is Rex, everyone has an opinion, calling him a turd is like the kettle calling the pot black. Just my opinion…

  5. don’t think i’ll take advice from a weirdo who taped himself sucking on his wifes toes.

  6. Wow. Tell us what you really feel, Rex. I had given up on ESPN’s morning lineup of resident gas bags and screamers even before the COVID-19 shutdown. I guess I should give it a casual look, especially when te Rexinator is on. You just never know what’s going to fly from his lips, as evidenced by this.

  7. The old expression, “It takes one to know one” immediately comes to mind.

  8. Has Rex ever accomplished anything other than being the son of an actual football mind?
    Enough Said!

  9. Great CBs sometimes take great WRs out of games. Certainly doesn’t make him a turd. The Cowboys had to pay him. They gave up a 1st round draft pick for the guy and he’s produced.

  10. From the time he was drafted by the Raiders, Amari Cooper was always a bit aloof, and later on, the word out of Oakland was that he quit on routes and didn’t love the game or play with toughness. So it’s interesting to hear Rex Ryan voice those same criticisms today. I can’t help but wonder if Rex came to those conclusions on his own after watching film, or if he had exchanged information with someone in the Raider camp, or maybe it was a little bit of both.

    Either way, he’s not wrong, just brutally honest.

  11. For a long time I thought Rex Ryan was an absolute clownshow. But now, I find him somewhat entertaining, and he gives me a chuckle. Whether I agree or disagree, one thing I will say, I believe what he says. I dont get one of those “I’m saying outlandish crap just to say outlandish crap cuz I am desperate for attention” vibes from him. Not to say he doesnt like the attention, I just dont think his wild takes are a fabrication. And I actually appreciate that.

  12. Raider fans knew he was a turd when he gave up and started jogging on a deep route, watched the ball go over his head and get intercepted.

  13. Rex Ryan has been a sad, pathetic joke for a long, long time, in addition to being a failure as a coach. I see that the joke is still going on.

  14. He isnt a turd…BUT he isnt a polished WR. IF he gets behind the DB’s, yeah, he’ll score, BUT he’s not great route runner or a WR who will physically fight for the ball. I don’t think he’s worth the 100 million, but hey,I am HAPPY Jerry is footing that bill!

  15. You know what would have been neat? A little statistical analysis of Cooper’s home/road splits and his performance against top corners. You know, prove Ryan wrong if he is in fact wrong.

    I guess pointing out all the fines Ryan has gotten over the years would be another way to go.

  16. You can add either Ryan or Cooper to your franchise…who do you choose? I’ll go with the turd, and it is an easy choice.

  17. I do not claim to know Rex Ryan or Amari Cooper but one of these guys has shown a lot more turd behavior than the other. Rex keeping it classy once again.

  18. SparkyGump says:
    April 3, 2020 at 11:51 am
    Rexy’s a clown without a clue.


    ….except for in this instance

  19. Maybe because he lead the league in DROPS for two years is reason to believe 100 million reasons he’s not worth that contract ..overrate name calling turd comment aside.

  20. Rex is a blowhard, someone who spews a bunch of crap and they think other people care what they think, but no one does.

  21. ESPN is paying him to say things that draw media attention. We’re all being played.

  22. Rex, you were a turd as a head coach. The Jets couldn’t get rid of him fast enough.

  23. I would be interested in what some Raiders fans think of this take on Cooper. But I think I heard some of the same thoughts before he was traded to the Cowboys.

  24. He has a right to criticize Cooper’s performance in games. However, I don’t recall ever hearing anything bad about his character so I don’t think that word was warranted.

  25. Classic example of “The pot calling the kettle black”
    RR one of the biggest (pun intended) turds ever.

  26. A lot of people aren’t very honest when the camera’s start rolling. I’ve heard so many people say the same thing Rex is saying, but they did so in private conversations. Rex is just doing his job. Don’t blame the messenger. If you dont like the message, change the action. A lot of people like and respect Rex Ryan. But those are people that know him on a personal level.

  27. Jon Gruden bears a lot of similarity to Rex Ryan – both in terms of obnoxious personality as well as less-than-mediocre results on the field.

    As for Amari Cooper, he’s a lot like Derek Carr – decent player who does as well (or as poorly) as his coaching. Which explains why with the Raiders they both excelled under Bill Musgrave but did poorly under Todd Downing and Gruden.

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