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.

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Rex Ryan, Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins in Weight Loss Competition

When we said that receiver Santonio Holmes was joining an already animated team, this is exactly what we had in mind. The New York Jets, who will be featured in HBO’s Hard Knocks TV show during training camp, have already embarked on a reality show this offseason. Head coach Rex Ryan challenged Damien Woody and Kris Jenkins to a weight loss competition, as he told the team’s official site via Pro Football Talk:

“The guys are going to have fun with it,” Ryan restated. “There’s an offensive player, a defensive player and a 47-year-old coach. The handicappers, I don’t know how they’re going to view this.”

Ryan may be at a disadvantage because he’s already dropped around 37 pounds since undergoing lapband surgery. At 311 pounds, Ryan still has a long way to go, however. This seems like a fun, playful competition that can build camaraderie and promote healthy eating. It’s good ideas like this that makes Rex Ryan a hit in New York. Now all he has to do is keep winning.

Ryan, Woody, Jenkins in Weight-Loss Battle [New York Jets]
Rex Ryan challenges players to weight loss competition [Pro Football Talk]

Rex Ryan Talks Crap to Dolphins Fans at Strikeforce Miami

Jets coach Rex Ryan is in South Florida to serve as the coach of the AFC Pro Bowl team and he was one of several NFL people in attendance at Strikeforce Miami. Ryan was interviewed in advance of Herschel Walker’s successful MMA debut and he couldn’t help but stir something up with the fans in attendance. Wade through the beginning of this minute-long interview to hear WWE promoter Rex Ryan set Dolphins fans straight:

Gotta love sexy Rexy who’s never to shy to get in a jab at his opponents. The best part wasn’t captured on this video and that was when the interviewer introduced Rex Ryan as the “quarterback” of the Jets before correcting herself. It was pretty clear she was clueless. I’m guessing you already picked up on that by the question asking if Rex would step into the ring — he saves that for Channing Crowder.

Rex Ryan Has No Sympathy for Your Injuries, Dolphins Fans

Rex Ryan Jets Rex Ryan has talked more than his share of crap since becoming the head coach of the Jets. The “big old joker” had a war of words with Dolphins LB Channing Crowder in the offseason that ignited more hatred between the Jets and Dolphins. Suffice it to say, he’s not letting up in the second matchup between the teams. When asked about the Dolphins being without cornerback Will Allen, Ryan showed no sympathy saying “boo hoo hoo”, while referencing his own team’s injuries. Joey Porter was unhappy with Ryan’s response and here’s what Rex said in return:

“I don’t feel sorry for them losing Will Allen. Obviously, I don’t like it for any player to be hurt, but if they’re looking for sympathy because Will Allen is out of the game, well, we’ve got Kris Jenkins out, and we’ve got Leon Washington out for the season, two guys that are Pro Bowl players.

“No disrespect to Will Allen, but I don’t think he’s going to make a Pro Bowl anytime soon. He’s a decent player, but whatever.”

The good thing about guys like Ryan is that he speaks his mind and doesn’t mix his words. I’d much rather have guys who are truthful than guys who lie and mislead. So what if he has a big mouth? He takes the blame when his team doesn’t perform well and he does nothing but express confidence in his boys. Plus, he’s right — injuries are a big part of the game and everyone has them. The only thing else I could ask for is a steel cage match between Rex and either Crowder or Porter. Maybe Porter since Crowder’s too hurt to play in this one. Now that would be one hell of a match.

Audio: Rex Ryan’s Voicemail to Jets Fans Prior to Patriots Game

The Jets looked mighty strong against the Texans in week one. Their defense actually didn’t allow any points considering the only Houston score came on a pick six by Mark Sanchez. Based on the way they looked and the way the Patriots looked against the Bills, the Jets might not need as much help as Rex Ryan thinks they do. The boisterous, proactive coach actually took the time to record a message that was sent out to fans to try and get them pumped up about Sunday’s game. In the message, Ryan even adds that Bill Belichick is a better coach than he is. Check out Rex Ryan’s Voicemail to Jets Fans.

A big thanks to The Jets Blog for the audio, and they actually have a full transcript of the message in case you can’t listen. I really do believe the Jets will give New England a solid game this weekend and possibly come out with a win. That defense looks really good and the offense isn’t far behind. If the Pats struggled to protect Brady against the Bills, how will they do against the Jets? It really could get ugly. Not having Jerod Mayo for nearly two months isn’t good news for a rebuilding defense either. I wonder if the Pats wish they had Richard Seymour back right about now.