Tag:Buddy Ryan
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:29 pm
 

Rex Ryan says he's never participated in bounty

By Josh Katzowitz

Erase Rex Ryan off the list of coaches who would pay his players to injure opponents.

The Jets coach and the son of Buddy Ryan, the former Eagles coach who supposedly put out a bounty on Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in 1989, said that’s not something in which he has participated. Nor would he.

"This is something that is being handled by the NFL office," Ryan said in a statement on Saturday, via the New York Daily News. "I’ve never condoned it and I’ve never coached it."

The same apparently can’t be said of current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who helped run a bounty pool while as the Saints defensive coordinator -- he apologized in a statement on Friday -- and possibly as the Redskins defensive coordinator in the years before that.

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Rob Ryan on Rex's comments: 'It's ring envy'

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.''

Kaboom. Roasted.

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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Posted on: September 17, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Rex left not-so-nice messages for Rob after game

Rob on Rex after the game: "There is no compassion there at all." (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


When the Jets hosted the Cowboys in Week 1, it was the latest opportunity for twin brothers Rex and Rob Ryan to engage in a little sibling rivalry, football style. Rex, in his third season as New York's head coach and Rob, in Year 1 as the Dallas defensive coordinator, matched wits with the Jets eking out a last-minute victory (thanks, in part, to Tony Romo).

As sons of legendary NFL coach Buddy Ryan, it's hardly surprising that Rex and Rob have always been ones to speak their minds. It explains Rex dressing up in a wig last season, and last week Rob calling his brother "a little freaky I guess."

Rob was asked Friday if he'd heard from his brother since the win. Turns out, he has.

"Yeah, he left some really unflattering messages, but it's to be expected,'' Rob said, according to the Dallas Morning News' David Moore. "It's coming back to him one of these days. There is no compassion there at all. No.''

When asked if he could give a PG version of Rex's message Rob offered this: "There was no PG thing about them. I think it was R or worse.''

Sounds about right.

Immediately after the game, Rob could be seen on the field yelling and screaming at no one in particular. It wasn't clear where -- or at whom -- he was directing his anger, but our friends at the Jets Blog speculate it could've been Antonio Cromartie, or perhaps Plaxico Burress, who injured cornerback Mike Jenkins on a peel-back block.

Ryan was asked how long it took to get over the Jets loss.

"Honestly or coach speak?'' Rob said. "Coach speak, Monday. Honestly, probably Thursday.

"It's an unfortunate part of this business. The last few years (I've) lost a lot of games and I'm really sick of it. Each loss seems to be harder. I'm here to win and I know we're going to win. I know we're good enough to win. We've just got to step it up and keep them out of the end zone.''

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.23.11: Buddy Ryan has cancer



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Once again, former coaching standout Buddy Ryan has cancer, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. But Rex is confident in his father. Said Rex: "He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than (s---). He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."
  • Sounds like the students at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis had a blast with Rams RB Steven Jackson. Even if this was a team-sponsored event (the Rams had to get special permission before Jackson could appear).

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: March 23, 2011 9:44 am
 

Rex Ryan defends dad against slur accusation

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

About seven months before former Bears S Dave Duerson fatally shot himself in the chest, he conducted an interview with Deadspin.com where he accused former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan of using a racial slur during a conversation in 1983.

This is what Dueson said:

In the NFL, I was ostracized from Day One – not by my teammates but by my defensive coordinator. I was drafted by the Bears in 1983. My first day walking into Halas Hall, I met Buddy Ryan. He knew I'd gone to Notre Dame, and he asked me if I was one of those doctors or lawyers. I said, "Yes, sir." He said, "Well, you won't be here too long, because I don't like smart n-----s."

I worked for Buddy for three years, and there was not a day that he did not remind me that I was not his draft pick, that he did not want me there or something to that effect: "You won't be here too long because I'm trying my best to get you out of here." That kind of thing. And so it was a very lonely feeling in that regard.

It was not motivational at all. The guy simply hated my guts, without question.

Ryan immediately denied the n-word was even in his vocabulary, and Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, Jets coach Rex Ryan got the chance to further defend his father.

"Can I be harsh? I thought it was ridiculous," Ryan said, via the NY Daily News. "Absurd. There's no way in hell that happened -- no way in hell that happened. [Duerson] might have made [the slurs], but my dad never did. That's how I feel."

And furthermore …

"There's no way in hell it's a stain on his career," he said. "My dad is a great person. Maybe there's a different agenda there. You can say a lot of things about my dad and me, but that's the most ridiculous comment I've ever heard."

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Posted on: February 24, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Duerson said Buddy Ryan used racial slur

Buddy Ryan was accused of using a racial slur by Dave Duerson (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Three months before he fatally shot himself in the chest, former Bears S Dave Duerson conducted an hour-long interview with Deadspin’s Rob Truck. Buried in the story was an interesting accusation: Duerson said former Bears defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan used a racial slur in a conversation with Duerson in 1983.

Since then, Ryan talked to the Chicago Tribune and denied ever using the epithet.

First, here’s what Duerson said to Trucks in an article published Tuesday on Deadspin.

In the NFL, I was ostracized from Day One – not by my teammates but by my defensive coordinator. I was drafted by the Bears in 1983. My first day walking into Halas Hall, I met Buddy Ryan. He knew I'd gone to Notre Dame, and he asked me if I was one of those doctors or lawyers. I said, "Yes, sir." He said, "Well, you won't be here too long, because I don't like smart n-----s."

I worked for Buddy for three years, and there was not a day that he did not remind me that I was not his draft pick, that he did not want me there or something to that effect: "You won't be here too long because I'm trying my best to get you out of here." That kind of thing. And so it was a very lonely feeling in that regard.

It was not motivational at all. The guy simply hated my guts, without question.


Reached by the Tribune, Ryan said, “I never used that word," he said. "It's not in my vocabulary."

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 19, 2010 5:33 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 5:34 pm
 

Dungy and Ryan bury the (bleeping) hatchet

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

After a few days of bickering with each other through the media, Tony Dungy and Jets coach Rex Ryan have settled their differences with a phone call.

Dungy had criticized Ryan’s cursing nature – he did drop 10 F-bombs on the first episode of Hard Knocks - saying it was uncalled for and that he would never hire a coach that acted in such a manner. That drew the ire of Rex’s father, coaching legend Buddy Ryan, and Rex Ryan responded by saying that just because he cusses doesn’t mean he’s a bad person and just because somebody else doesn’t cuss, that doesn’t mean he’s a good person.

Today, they had a phone conversation (I assume there was little to no cursing involved). In fact, Dungy, former Indianapolis and Tampa Bay coach, accepted Ryan’s offer to attend an upcoming New York practice.

"He told me his position," Ryan told reporters, including the New York Daily News . "I definitely told him mine."

(Bleeping) good for Rex.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 12:00 am
 

Hard Knocks, episode 1 review

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I talked about this in my preview , but I didn’t love last year’s version of Hard Knocks, featuring the Bengals. So, I was interested tonight to see if I could resume my love affair with the show if I wasn’t intimately involved with covering the team. And the end result: Yeah, it was pretty good. Had to set up some storylines, but there were some laughs and some good in-practice footage. I’ll keep watching.

-The first voice we hear is coach Rex Ryan, and he’s already very salty. While talking to his team before he releases the players for the summer, he says, “We’re right where we want to be, no question about it. Enjoy this time. Get away from it. No matter what you’re doing, it’s better than my (bleeping) vacation. I’m cruising the Baltic’s with my in-laws and (bleep).” Great, great stuff already from Rex.

-I probably shoulld have counted his F-bombs, but I never did. If I had to guess? Maybe 30.

-It’s not often you get to see players training in the offseason. Dragging a tire behind you as you run hills doesn’t look fun.

-Like usual: a great intro. I love watching the mundane stuff you see every day but would never stop to focus on. Stuff like the FieldTurf spraying when a guy runs his sneaker along it in slow motion. I remember one day before practice last year when a Hard Knocks camera crew spent 30 minutes filming a worker painting one of the lines on the field before Bengals practice in Georgetown, Ky. Of course, the next week on TV, it looked like the most interesting thing in the world. Sure enough, just after I wrote that, the crew filmed somebody spray-painting a line in Cortland.

-Somehow I expected Rex Ryan to look thinner. But yeah, he looks better than before. Just not as much as I thought after his surgery.

-I was wondering how much they would focus on Darrelle Revis. I was wondering if they’d have filmed him. The answers: a pretty fair amount and no.

-Rex knows how to draw laughs from his squad. “Revis isn’t in this building right now. Does it matter that Revis isn’t here? Goddamn, he’s pretty (bleeping) good.” Big laugh.

-Ah, a Laveranues Coles sighting. This is his second Hard Knocks in a row. He must be loving it. That’s a joke, of course. Coles does not like dealing media. And when I say does not like, I mean he hates it. I interviewed him just once last year – which was more than just about anybody else - and he got pissed at me and abruptly ended it after a couple questions.

-How about Buddy Ryan in a tie on the sidelines in that archived film? I think Rex should bring back that look.

-Yep, we’ve got our long-shots to make the squad. Brashton Satele, a rookie LB, and Aaron Kia, a rookie OL from Hawaii. OL coach Bill Callahan is talking about out how Kia played in a spread offense in college and how he doesn’t know much the techniques around the NFL. Not surprisingly, he’s getting coached up quite a bit. Rex Ryan then calls him awful. Ugh. Satele, meanwhile, is impressing some people. Then, he sprains his ankle – which drastically decreases his chances of making the team.

-Lots of people being fined. Apparently, it costs you $5 if you’re caught running shirtless. Even Rex isn’t immune. He’s fined $1 per snacking offense.

-How about the hair-pulling by GM Mark Tannenbaum when dealing with the Revis stuff> I thought he was going to pull it out of his head.

-It’s a half-hour into the show before we’re introduced to Mark Sanchez. And he’s telling LB Bart Scott to shut up.

-Good lord, Joe Namath looks like my grandfather getting out of the front seat of that SUV. High belt line and a bit stooped. He does make a good point about how people shouldn’t fumble.

-I love the skills competition between Rex and Tannenbaum.

-Could there be a better name for a bone-crushing fullback than John Conner, who’s obviously nicknamed the Terminator? He should make the team just on his name alone.

-Well, they didn’t paint the Revis picture in very positive terms after the diner meeting, did they?

-We have our first casualties. Rookie LB Kevin Basped and his bad knees are let go, and Kia is laid off as well. Poor dudes. They don’t even make the second episode. Kia is told, though, that he could play in the UFL. So, he’s got that going for him. But man, he looks pretty pissed. Kia hands in his playbook, slams the door in the cameraman’s face and the episode ends.

-Once again, solid work from HBO. Looking forward to next week

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