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Who Does Rex Ryan Think He Is?

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Brant HoughtonContributor IJune 9, 2009

Rex Ryan has finally struck back. Over the weekend, at a Miami Dolphins awards ceremony, Channing Crowder had a few words for the rookie head coach of the New York Jets. 

"Oh, he's going crazy. He's going absolutely nuts. I know it's his first chance to be a head coach, and I know he's excited about life. But, like I said, I've never played a football game in June in my whole life. So congratulations to him. He's the OTA, the OTA Super Bowl winner."

Ryan, then in return stated: "I don’t know this Channing Crowder. All I know is that he’s all tatted up. He’s right about one thing. I’m a first-time head coach, but I’ve been around the game all my life. I'm no different than I’ve ever been, just that more people are listening."

This quote really grinds my gears. For one, Ryan has no right to say that Crowder is all "tatted up," because most, if not all, of Ryan's players in Baltimore had more tattoos than Crowder does, including Ray Lewis, who, if I remember correctly, made Ryan's career, and most likely set him up for the job that he has now.

Secondly, Ryan will get to know Crowder in the upcoming years very well. You see, Crowder is not the type of player that just stands back and let somebody walk all over him, and he is the type of player that will do something about this, when he steps on the field.

Crowder will make Ryan's offense pay for these comments that Ryan is making so early in the offseason.

Ryan is coming into the AFC East, one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, as a rookie coach who will be going up against some of the TOUGHEST offenses in the AFC and will not have the luxury of only having to worry about just the Steelers' offense twice a year.

Instead, Ryan will have to worry about the likes of Tom Brady, and his high scoring New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins, who finished 12th in the NFL in total offense last year, and finally, the Buffalo Bills, who have added Terrell Owens to draw attention off of breakout wide receiver Lee Evans. 

So, Mr. Rex Ryan, keep making these comments in the news, because frankly, they are only putting your team in a huge hole to start the season. Sure, they may be giving your team some confidence that they need, but they are also putting a huge target on your back in not only the AFC East, but the whole AFC also.

Oh, and one more thing, some of the other prominent head coaches that came out of Baltimore as an assistant coaches such as Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan, and Jim Fassel's head coaching records all-time are a combined total of 122-139 in the regular season, and 2-3 in the postseason.

Those aren't exactly some numbers that I would brag over. Will history repeat itself, or will Ryan break the pattern of ex-Ravens assistants and do as he says win a Super Bowl? The way he keeps talking, the only thing he will win is the Most Valuable Prick award.

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