Tony Dungy: I Wouldn’t Hire Rex Ryan

By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the speech that Rex Ryan gave to his team on the HBO series Hard Knocks where he was absolutely raining f-bombs.  A lot of players and fans like to see and hear that kind of attitude from a head coach, but Tony Dungy thinks there’s no need for it.  Rex likes to talk a lot of crap and use a lot of profanity, and Dungy told the Dan Patrick Show on Monday that that would be enough to keep him from hiring the Jets head coach if he were in charge of a team.  Here’s what Tony Dungy had to say about how he would not hire Rex Ryan, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

I’m disappointed with all the profanity,” Dungy said. “I think Rex can make his points without all that.”

I would not [hire Ryan]. I personally don’t want my players to be around that. I don’t want to be around that. . . . It’s hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn’t hire someone like that. Now, I’ve been around ‘F’ bombs, so it’s not like it’s new. I just don’t think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across.”

Dungy even went on to say that he thinks NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should give Rex Ryan a call to tell him to knock it off.

I would hope that he does,” Dungy said of the possibility of Goodell getting involved. “I don’t know that he will or not but I hope that he does because I just don’t think the league needs that. I don’t think our young people need to hear that that’s what’s done to be successful. Because it doesn’t have to be that way.”

I agree that it may have been a bit offensive to some and slightly over the top, but Dungy might be overreacting just a tad in my opinion.  Goodell should probably tell Rex to ease up, but I certainly wouldn’t make a decision about whether or not to hire a coach based solely on the language he uses in the locker room.  Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, I just think Dungy is exaggerating a little.  A good coach is a good coach, regardless of the vocabulary he uses to express himself.

Tony Dungy says he wouldn’t hire Rex Ryan [ProFootballTalk]

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  • http://twitter.com/PTOsports Pardon the Opinion

    Dungy needs to grow up. If Rex were coaching 11 year olds, I’d probably say cut out the cursing. But whatever it takes to motivate players is fine with me.

  • Gene

    Dungy, nice man that he is supposed to be, should not be attempting to get the rest of the NFL (or any other group) to buy into his set of standards or values.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. These are grown men. The ONLY problem you could say is that Goodell doesn’t want his coaches shown like that on TV. But it’s HBO and it makes for good television. Dungy’s blowing it out of proportion.

  • johnny jihadist

    obviously, rex is a better FATHER than dungheap…you don’t hear about rex going on overrated terrible radio shows talking about dungheap ignoring his kids…that would be sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong, wouldn’t it?…please just go back to being mike vick’s guardian angel and boring america to tears in the NBC studio

  • Anonymous

    Fine re: Dungy, but can we wait until Ryan does better than 7-7 in the regular season with one of the league’s most talented rosters before we make ourselves so sure he’s “a good [NFL head] coach”? Remember, the Jets only had to play 14 last season.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Dungy. There’s no need for that kind of language. It’s offensive and unnecssary. Why are F-bombs required to get a team motivated? For me, coming from a coach (and I’ve been on many teams) would have the opposite effect. Dungy is saying something that is/would be unpopular. The more we hear that language, the more desensitized we become, and it is therefore unpopular. The perception is if one utters profanities then he seems tougher and meaner.

  • http://twitter.com/allfactsandopin af&o

    I like Rex Ryan well enough, but count me as being on Team Dungy. Sportsmen used to have to be gentlemen. Society is so crass and crude, and adults seem to forget that the kids are watching. Is it over the top to expect adults to act like responwsible adults? I don’t think so. Absolutely, Dungy’s comments will be unpopular with the classless majority, but even so, he is right. Ryan isn’t a bad guy or a bad coach, but teenagers — certainly in NJ — are watching him and emulating his behavior. Ryan should grow up and clean up his language.