Rex Ryan said yesterday he wants his players to tone it down during the off-season and even cited his own naughty behavior as what not to do. The gentler, kinder head coach of the New York Jets, who last year was fined by the Jets for flipping off Dolphins fans at an MMA event in Florida, "challenged" his team to play nice when they are away from the team.
In December, a foot-fetish video the coach allegedly made with his wife hit the Internet and caused a stir.
"I told them to hold each other accountable and you represent yourself, you also represent this organization on and off the field," Ryan said. "I have to be mindful of that as well, obviously, with my past history. Be proud to be a Jet because I know I am."
Ryan may have been feeling contrite the day after the Jets fell short in a valiant come-from-behind effort against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game and and wanted to send his team to the off-season with those precarious words.
Apparently, wide-receiver Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie didn't get the head coach's edict.
Cromartie used the same seven-letter word he called Tom Brady to describe both the NFL management and Player's Association leaders in their dealing with their unsettled labor meetings concerning the collective bargaining agreement.
"You got our head union rep acting like an ass----," said the controversial Cromartie. "They got their guys acting like ass-----. So they need to get their s--- together and just get it done. Honestly, I don't care if they get mad at me or not," he added.
"To me, you need to stop b------- about it. If you want to say that you want to get into a room and meet, then do it," he continued. "Don't just talk about it."
Losing the AFC Championship Game for the second year in-a-row must have gotten to the the soon-to-be restricted free-agent Holmes as well. He wasn't so happy with the Jets offensive coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer.
Holmes openly questioned the Schott's questionable play calling and use of the wide receiver after Sunday's loss..
"Ask Coach Schottenheimer what was the reason behind [me sitting out the start of the game]," said the disgruntled Holmes. "I had to just go with the game plan. That's the way things were called at the time, and that's what I had to do."
Ryan backed up his OC by saying Holmes' comments were out of order but understood the receivers anger.
"That's not the way I like to operate," the head coach said, "But [Holmes' comments] were just raw. That's the emotion of the time." Dr. Phil couldn't have handled it better.
Ryan may have a harder time explaining Schottenheimer's major fail with his rally-killing calls at the Steelers' two-yard line, trailing 24-10 with four downs in hand.
Three downs later, with a fourth and goal from the one, Schottsie gives the ball to LaDanian Tomlinson--who had already rushed for a grand total of 12 yards--instead of the power back Shonn Greene. Greene stands on the sideline and watches LT get stuffed at the line. Momentum gone for the Jets and ball back to the Steelers.
The soft-spoken Greene must have gotten Ryan's New Age Jets tweet. He didn't say anything.
While the Jets put on a new happy face and put all their sex scandals, DUI's, trash talking and "Hard Knocks" behind them, New Yorkers gets bored.
The Giants folded like...well the Giants in December and the Knicks are regressing back into the Nets. And hockey, who cares?
The 2010 Jets will be missed especially Rex Ryan. No more giving fingers in bars or tickling feet on YouTube. It's a sadder world to think that we'll only have the new thinner and pacifying version of Rex Ryan playing patty-cake with everyone.
From "Hard Knocks" to "Love Taps."