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Rex Ryan has stern warning for Urban Meyer about jump to NFL

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Count Rex Ryan among those skeptical that Urban Meyer will find success in the NFL.

Ryan had a stern warning for the new Jacksonville Jaguars coach, even alluding to Bobby Petrino as evidence of how things can go awry for successful college coaches at the NFL level.

“Welcome to the men’s league. You’re gonna find out real quick there’s a huge difference,” Ryan said, via Brad Crawford of 247Sports. “Look, there’s no doubt this man can flat-out coach. But it is night-and-day difference. Why do coaches come into the league and quit after a year, don’t even make it a full year? I can give you two examples of that, Lou Holtz and the dude who quit on the Falcons (Bobby Petrino), whatever his name is. It’s a different league, it’s a different mindset. There’s no gimmes in here, you can’t schedule a victory, hey I’m gonna drop down a level, ain’t no I-AA’s in this league.”

Ryan added that Meyer will have to build through the draft and cannot simply recruit all the top talent at the NFL level. He also suggested that Meyer should add Raheem Morris to his staff to add some NFL experience. That’s something Meyer is reportedly looking into.

Ryan obviously isn’t the first person to voice concerns about Meyer’s adaptation to the NFL level. That said, his college players have found plenty of success at the NFL level. Meyer certainly has a chance to do so as well, though plenty of things do need to go right.

Rex Ryan tells Carson Wentz to ‘quit being a baby’

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Rex Ryan had a harsh message for Carson Wentz.

Wentz has been demoted to the backup quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles as Jalen Hurts has now started two weeks in a row. A report on Sunday said that Wentz is unhappy with the situation and would want to be traded or released by Philly if things don’t change.

Ryan heard that report and responded to it by telling Wentz to grow up and take the demotion better.

“First off, you think Philly’s gonna allow this guy to come back? And I’m talking about the fan base and the people of Philadelphia. This is the wrong town to be messing with. Here’s the thing: Carson Wentz, you don’t want to be a backup? Well, no kidding. Everybody in the world doesn’t want to be a backup,” Ryan said.

“I’ll tell you who’s more disappointed other than Carson Wentz. How about the Philadelphia Eagles. They gave you a $100 million, and you think, ‘Oh I’m disappointed I’m a backup.’ So are we! So are we! You think we gave you $100 million to be wasted on the bench? No! You’re getting beat out by a guy I quite honestly didn’t think had the skillset.

“The biggest thing is: quit being a baby. You’re yesterday’s news.”

Ryan gets paid to give these kinds of opinions, so his tone shouldn’t be surprised. But with the way Wentz and Hurts have played this season, it’s hard to imagine Wentz having much more of a future with the Eagles. That is why he reportedly wants out.

Rex Ryan on Patriots: It’s over

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Rex Ryan thinks we’ve seen the end of the New England Patriots’ dynasty, and he couldn’t be happier.

Ryan told ESPN Radio’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin” on Wednesday that the Patriots will miss the playoffs and end their run of AFC East dominance.

“It’s over,” Ryan said, via Greg Joyce of the New York Post. “It’s flat-out over. They’re [3.5] games behind Buffalo … and they’re not going to win the wild card. So yeah, look, the playoff run is over. Pass the torch to the Buffalo Bills. I think [the Patriots are] going to end up being behind Miami when it’s all said and done as well.”

Ryan attributed the Patriots’ slide to the departure of Tom Brady, and credited the quarterback for being behind much of their recent success.

“To me, it just shows also that the greatest player in the game has a hell of a lot bigger impact than the greatest coach in the game,” Ryan said.

Ryan has a long history with the Patriots dating back to his days as coach of the New York Jets. They were consistently his biggest obstacle to success. Those feelings have lingered, with Ryan hitting out at the organization and openly talking about how he tried to agitate Brady. His decision to dance on the Patriots’ grave may prove premature, but he’s going to enjoy it.

Geno Smith blasts ‘snake’ Rex Ryan again

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Rex Ryan is once again being blasted by one of his former players for some comments on ESPN’s “First Take.”

Ryan disputed whether New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick would have had the level of success he’d had if he had a different quarterback than Tom Brady. Ryan used his former quarterback, Geno Smith, as an example, and not in a positive light.

That did not go over well with Smith, who was Ryan’s starting quarterback on the Jets for two seasons.

Ouch.

It is no secret that Smith does not like Ryan, and Ryan has not been publicly impressed with Smith. Every time Ryan brings up Smith’s name, Smith fires back.

Ryan isn’t shy about voicing controversial opinions that get him in trouble. Judging by the mutual lack of respect between Ryan and Smith, it seems unlikely that the former coach will be apologizing for this one.

Rex Ryan issues apology for controversial remarks about Amari Cooper

Rex Ryan made headlines on Friday for some extremely critical remarks he made about Amari Cooper, and the former NFL coach predictably expressed regret over his comments later in the day.

On ESPN’s “Get Up!” Friday morning, Ryan enthusiastically called Cooper a “turd” and unloaded on the Dallas Cowboys receiver for having a tendency to disappear in big games. Rex also ripped the Cowboys for giving Cooper a five-year, $100 million contract. A short time after, Ryan went back on the air with ESPN to apologize for calling Cooper a “turd” but stood behind his assessment of Cooper as a player.

“First off, I can’t believe I used that word,” Ryan said. “Obviously, it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari. Quite honestly, I think the world of every player and have a great deal of respect for every player in the NFL, including Amari Cooper.”

ESPN hired Ryan because he has a fiery personality and has never been afraid to speak his mind. Creating a stir is part of his job description, and he was obviously just trying to deliver a hot take when discussing Cooper’s new contract. He accomplished that but went too far.

While Cooper did not play well in a number of big games last season, he was injured throughout much of the year. He caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns in his first full season with the Cowboys last year, so the numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at. There was talk that the Oakland Raiders were unhappy with Cooper’s level of effort before they traded him to Dallas in 2018, but the Cowboys obviously feel Cooper is an extremely valuable member of their team.

Rex Ryan unloads on ‘turd’ Amari Cooper, says Cowboys made mistake

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The Dallas Cowboys signed Amari Cooper to a massive contract extension this offseason, and Rex Ryan strongly believes the team made a mistake. With the sports calendar on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ryan apparently feels that now is as good a time as any to verbally destroy the star wide receiver.

During ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Friday morning, Ryan called Cooper the “biggest disappearing act in the National Football League” and said he would not have paid him $100 million over five years. Rex criticized Cooper for not playing well on the road or in big games and referred to him as a “turd.”

“This is who he is. He doesn’t love football, the hell with it,” Ryan said. “He stops his routes, he does all this. I wouldn’t have paid this turd. No way in hell would I have paid this guy. To me, you pay Dak Prescott … They’re number one in the league because of Dak Prescott, not because of this guy. It’s a deep draft at receiver. They made a huge mistake.”

The Cowboys acquired Cooper in a trade with the Oakland Raiders midway through the 2018 season, and Cooper gave the team’s offense an instant boost. While he did seem to disappear in a number of big games last season, he also played through significant injuries throughout the entire year. Cooper caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns in his first full season with the Cowboys last year, so the numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at.

There were rumblings that the Raiders felt Cooper had quit on them before they traded him, so that is likely what Ryan was referring to. Still, his criticism seemed over the top considering how banged up Cooper was in 2019.

Watch: Rex Ryan was crying talking about Anthony Lynn

Rex Ryan is known for being a fun-loving guy who tries to keep things loose while working as an NFL analyst for ESPN, but we saw a different side of the former coach on Sunday.

ESPN aired a special about the work Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn recently did helping to build a school for children in Tanzania, and Ryan was overcome with emotion while discussing how proud he is of Lynn. Lynn was an assistant coach under Ryan when Ryan was the head coach of both the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.

Ryan was unable to fight back tears, which led to “Sunday NFL Countdown” host Samantha Ponder also getting choked up.

That is certainly a different Rex from the one we recently saw showing off the ridiculous tattoo of his wife, but that just shows you how much his relationship with Lynn means to him.

Rex Ryan flip-flops on Baker Mayfield, now says Browns will make playoffs

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Few people were more critical of Baker Mayfield early in the season than Rex Ryan, but the former coach is officially starting to come around. In fact, he now thinks the Browns are going to reach the playoffs for the first time in over 16 years.

The Browns improved to 5-6 with a win over the Dolphins on Sunday, and Ryan said on ESPN’s “Get Up” Monday morning that they are going to reach the postseason because of their weak schedule over the final five weeks. He entertained his colleagues by deadpanning that Mayfield is “underrated.”

“Who’s gonna beat ’em?” Ryan asked. “Pittsburgh, with Duck Hodges or some goose playing quarterback? … I’ve never seen an easier schedule.”

Ryan was serious with his prediction that the Browns will make the playoffs, but he was being sarcastic when he called Mayfield underrated. While Mayfield has played well lately, this is the same Rex who said earlier in the year that the former first overall pick is “overrated as hell,” so he was playing off of that. That said, Mayfield has thrown just one interception in his past four games and has played much better as of late.

Mayfield responded with a great zinger the first time Ryan called him overrated, so he probably doesn’t care that Rex is jumping on the bandwagon now. He’s focused on trying to get to at least 9-7, and the Browns face the Steelers, Cardinals, Ravens and Bengals twice to close out the year. It’s not out of the question that they will only lose one of those games.

Rex Ryan shows off tattoo of wife that he had changed from Jets to Bills colors

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Rex Ryan has an extremely awkward tattoo on his arm that many of you have probably forgotten about or wisely decided to black out, but the former coach was happy to remind us all of it on Sunday.

ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” aired a segment on Dak Prescott’s tattoos, which led to a discussion about Ryan’s body art. That’s when Rex proudly rolled up his right sleeve to reveal the promiscuous tattoo that once depicted his wife in a New York Jets jersey but has since been covered with blue ink — kind of.

Ryan, who is no stranger to self-deprecation, mocked the tattoo for not really being Buffalo Bills blue. At least he has a sense of humor about it.

Rex has a few different tattoos, and the one of his wife may not be as wild as the one on his leg. We wouldn’t recommend he take any more trips to the tattoo parlor.

Watch: Rex Ryan has funny exchange with Sam Ponder about Patriots

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Rex Ryan provides some quality commentary during ESPN’s NFL pregame show every Sunday, and the former head coach is not afraid to brag about his accomplishments despite the fact that he was unable to find work after being fired by the Buffalo Bills a few years ago. He also has no problem with self-deprecating humor, and we saw another example of that on Sunday.

Ryan and Ponder were engaged in a friendly debate about how Colt McCoy might fare against the Patriots, and Rex sarcastically noted how he beat New England a few times during his career. Ponder then chucked and agreed by saying “and you’re sitting here with us, I get it.”

Ryan was 61-66 across stints with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. He was 5-12 against the Patriots (including a playoff win), which obviously isn’t a good record. Getting the best of Bill Belichick is something to be proud of, but five wins in 17 chances is nothing to pat yourself on the back about.

One of the reasons Ryan is good at his current job is that he’s not afraid to ruffle feathers, which we’ve seen recently with the way him and Baker Mayfield have gone back and forth. He’s also not afraid to let people have fun at his expense.