Rex Ryan Regrets Channing Crowder Exchange

Malcolm DiazCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan looks on against the New England Patriots at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

This one almost floored me—New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says he regrets the trash talking with Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.

Ryan says his smack-talk exchange with Crowder was lighthearted in nature and hates that it was turned into a national story.

Ryan was chatting on a conference call with South Florida reporters (about the coming Monday night game against the Dolphins in Land Shark Stadium) when he addressed the summertime verbal spat.

“I think the thing with Channing Crowder, if I had to do one thing over, that would probably be it, because clearly I was joking about the whole thing, which I had done before in the past in Baltimore with Chad Johnson [Ochocinco] and with some other guys. For some reason, I don’t think the tone was reflected that way. That is what it is. I’ll say this to you guys: I’m not going to be hard to find out there. I’ll be wearing a white jersey with a 77 on it."—Rex Ryan

No. 77 is Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins, who is conservatively listed at 6'4'' and 360 pounds.

Ryan also said he thinks bulletin board material only amounts to something if you’ve been disrespectful, adding “I’ve never been disrespectful to anybody.”

Ryan reiterated that his team is not afraid of anyone and is determined to go out and try to win a championship—something that made me feel a little better about coming out with “regrets” about anything he has said.

"But also understand this: We think we have a heck of a football team, and we’re confident. We’re not afraid of anybody. We’re not backing down from anybody. We came here to try to win a championship, and if people have a tough time with it, so be it.” Rex Ryan

I love Rex Ryan and what he has brought and done with this team. I have made absolutely no bones about that. But to see him say he regrets anything he has said kinda irked me. Especially since he admits he said nothing with malice in his heart nor was any of it intended to be taken seriously. What does this bit of backtracking mean—does he think he gave Miami some sort of advantage?

While on one hand it can be viewed as simply a stand-up move to address a perceived slight, I can’t help but wish he had stuck to his guns, Crowder and his feelings be damned.

I also don’t particularly care about whether or not he provided so called bulletin board material. I can’t for the life of me see why people get in arms about these things. It’s like admitting you’re afraid of the competition: “Oh please don’t hurt us, Mr. Crowder! We’re awfully sorry for saying we think we can beat you! Oh mercy my!”

Crowder said he had no hard feelings toward Ryan and the exchange they had in June. Apparently, Crowder plans on saving the hate for our very own RB Leon Washington.

It seems the two have beef that goes back to their college days, when Crowder played for Florida and Washington played for Florida State.

“We do not like each other. With Florida State, I hated him. I hate him now. If I see him out, I’m not going to talk to him. I’m not going to slap him, but I’m not going to be pleasant. Every time he sees me, he starts cussing. I see him and I start cussing. It’s going to be like that the whole game.” Miami Dolphins LB Channing Crowder

Washington’s response to that?

“I eat clam chowder for breakfast. Tell him I said that.”

Crowder went on to say he feels the same way about the rest of the Jets, remarking that rookie Mark Sanchez can expect to hear his fair share of  ‘cussing’ this Monday night.

Monday night should also prove to be one heck of a welcome for recently acquired WR Braylon Edwards out of Cleveland.

Maybe Crowder’s friends should be a little scared!