Posted by Will Brinson
Rex Ryan -- despite his many failed guarantees and unnecessary (but accidental!) potshots at other coaches -- remains interesting to those that follow the NFL. Maybe it's, and I mean this in a totally non-insulting way, the same reason we still enjoy seeing Jack Black in movies.
Or maybe it's something else. Rob Ryan, defensive coordinator of the Cowboys and brother of Rex, doesn't have the answer, per se, but he does have a fantastically quotable potshot back at Rex and his "ring envy."
"I'm glad you asked that question," Rob said when asked about Rex's comments towards Turner. "I've been waiting for that answer. Let me tell you something, that whole comment there is about multiplicity. Rex is constantly using that multiple ring thing, multiple ring this, multiple ring that, multiple ring this. The simple fact is it had nothing to do with Norv Turner. I coached with Norv. Norv is a great coach and a good man. He's done obviously a great job in San Diego.
"The multiplicity thing is really ring envy. It's ring envy. His twin brother has two rings, his dad has three rings, he only has one, so you can see the multiplicity thing. It's embarrassing, because it's all about the family. It's a sibling rivalry and Norv got in the way of a sibling rivalry.''
Of course, what Rob failed to mention is that Norv has multiple rings too, when he was offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys during their run in the early 90's. So maybe it does involve Norv in a way.
There's probably an entirely different argument about whether or not a Super Bowl ring "qualifies" for the debate dependent on what level one coached -- are two rings as the linebackers coach of the New England Patriots worth more than a single ring as the defensive coordinator of a Ravens team that ranks among the all-time greatest defenses?
I don't know. I'm just asking questions. Because I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess that's exactly the kind of chatter that happens at the Ryan family dinner table. (And, man, I think I'd pay at least $23.99 for Season 1 of "The Ryan Bros." Right?)
And Rob is probably spot on, because Norv -- an unassuming guy next to anyone in the Ryan family -- somehow did end up caught in the middle of a ring-measuring contest that would have no business being public if it wasn't so entertaining.
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