Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob were involved in a physical altercation at a Margaritaville restaurant several months ago, and the man on the other end of the scuffle wanted the former NFL coaches to be charged with assault. That is reportedly not going to happen.
A Nashville police spokesperson told TMZ that the district attorney has decided to close the case rather than moving forward with assault charges.
It was unclear exactly why the June altercation began, but a video appeared to show that Rob got physical with a fellow Margaritaville patron and Rex spilled a drink on the man. Rex stood up to confront the man, and it looked like he spilled the drink after someone bumped his arm. An eyewitness had told Larry Brown Sports that someone threw a drink on Rex, but there was nothing in the footage that was made public that showed that happening.
Neither Ryan brother is coaching in the NFL this season. Rex has been working as an analyst at ESPN.
Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan are always taking shots at one another, but the latest may have been the best.
In an appearance on FS1’s “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd Tuesday, Rob Ryan was asked if he is offended by people saying he looks like Jeff Bridges’ character in the hit comedy “The Big Lebowski.” That led Rob into a story about how he met Bridges on vacation recently, and the next thing you know he was taking a shot at his brother Rex over the former NFL head coach’s infamous foot fetish.
As Rob was trying to find the photo of him and Bridges on his phone, Cowherd made a joke about him not showing any inappropriate photos on the air. That inspired this gem:
— Robby Fuqua (@rfuqua94) August 15, 2017
As many of you know, Rex Ryan’s wife Michelle was supposedly featured in some foot fetish YouTube videos years back, and a voice that sounded like Rex’s could be heard in the background. To his credit, Rex has embraced his love for his wife’s feet and even may have had a photo on his desk bragging about it.
Whether it’s a well-timed fat joke or a foot fetish joke that comes out of nowhere, the Ryan brothers always deliver.
Rex Ryan was apparently trying to do more than just help his twin brother out when he hired Rob to his coaching staff with the Buffalo Bills last season.
Gay Myers of the New York Daily News was told by a source that Rex “dedicated the 2016 season to resurrecting the reputation of his brother Rob.” While Rob was not formally given the title of defensive coordinator with the Bills, he was essentially the co-head coach and was given plenty of power over the team.
According to the report, Buffalo’s staff became “dysfunctional” because Rex was so concerned with propping up his brother. Meyers notes that Rex came across like a “coach with a death wish” with the way he carried himself behind closed doors.
Rob Ryan was fired by the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys before being hired by his brother. Like Rex, Rob is a defensive-minded coach. With two supposed defensive gurus at the helm, the Bills finished in the middle of the NFL in both total team defense and points allowed per game last season.
When we heard reports like this one toward the end of the season, it became clear that the Ryan brothers may have dug their own graves together. You have to commend Rex for trying to help out his family, but it proved costly in the end.
Rex Ryan is living the unemployed life, and since he’s out of coaching right now, he can wear whatever shirt he wants.
Ryan and his brother Rob took in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and Ryan’s choice of wardrobe – a Chargers golf shirt – raised some eyebrows.
Start the rumors: here's Rex Ryan at Daytona wearing a Chargers-logo golf shirt. pic.twitter.com/lfoybUi7vi
— Jay Busbee (@jaybusbee) February 26, 2017
It turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this: Anthony Lynn, a longtime Ryan assistant, was recently named head coach of the franchise. In addition, Ryan’s son Seth recently took a coaching internship there.
— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) February 26, 2017
Ryan is all about repping the family, as he once wore a Clemson helmet to a press conference for his son. This really isn’t a surprise when you think about it.
Rex Ryan rarely got the best of Tom Brady when he was the head coach of the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills, but that wasn’t due to a lack of effort. In fact, Ryan is now willing to admit he did his best to get into Brady’s head before facing him.
Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News this week that he would often make comments to the media in an attempt to get under Brady’s skin.
“I used to put a lot of stuff out there knowing it would piss off Brady,” he said.
Knowing it would piss off Brady, or hoping it would piss off Brady? I think what Ryan really meant was the latter. As Mehta notes, Ryan once said in 2011 that there is no quarterback in the NFL who works harder than Peyton Manning and Brady only “thinks he does.”
Fast-forward to 2017, when Brady is about to play in his seventh Super Bowl and Ryan has never been to one. Overall, Brady went 12-4 against Ryan-coached teams and threw 29 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Even Ryan is willing to admit the three-time Super Bowl MVP would be considered the greatest quarterback to ever live if he wins a fifth ring.
“I could see where Brady definitely would be considered the greatest ever if he won five Super Bowls,” Ryan said. “How could you argue that?”
One of Manning’s favorite targets already made similar remarks earlier in the week, so apparently five is the magic number for Brady. If he can lead the Patriots to a win over the Falcons, no one will be able to deny his greatness.
Rex Ryan may be out of a job as an NFL head coach, but he has one as an analyst — temporarily.
ESPN has hired Ryan to be an analyst on “Sunday NFL Countdown” for Super Bowl LI, they told Sports Business Daily.
Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand says Ryan was pursued by CBS, FOX, ESPN and NFL Network after being fired by the Buffalo Bills. Ourand also says this makes ESPN the front-runner to sign Ryan if he does not find a coaching job he likes.
Ryan spent six seasons as the New York Jets’ head coach from 2009-2014, taking the team to two AFC Championship Games. Then he spent the last two in Buffalo and was fired after Week 16 after going 7-8.
The 54-year-old coach is known for his big mouth and humor as much as he is for his coaching, so he should be a natural on TV.
Rex Ryan goes all-in when he gets a new job, which can make for some awkward moments if and when he loses said job.
When he landed with the Buffalo Bills, Ryan put his Ford pickup in a Bills wrap, similar to something you might see in a hypothetical Buffalo Super Bowl parade. Well, Ryan got fired in Buffalo, so he quickly got to work re-outfitting his truck, and here is the result.
— Brandon Wilczynski (@BrandonWNY) January 16, 2017
For context, Ryan’s son plays for Clemson, and as of last week is a national champion. This isn’t totally nonsensical.
The only lingering question now is what will become of the tattoo, which has already been modified once.