NFL: Rex Ryan Opens His Wide Mouth, Disrespects Norv Turner
Rex Ryan has opinions, and they tend to get him in a load of trouble.
Mike Florio of NBC Sports has a report on comments Rex Ryan made about the San Diego Chargers, including a big "what if" scenario.
Ryan delved into the scenario of "what might have been", had he taken control of the Chargers back in 2007, when he was offered the job. The head coaching position instead went to Norv Turner, and the rest is "under-performing" history.
No team is safe from Ryan's opinions. This time, Ryan manages to inflict some disrespect while causing the football world to shake their heads in unison.
Well, I think I would have had a couple rings. I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason. Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there. And A.J. (Smith) and everybody. That's a great franchise. He was probably the best guy for the job at that time."
I was so happy A.J. gave me the opportunity to interview in San Diego. Quite honestly, I wasn't on anybody's radar ... I thought that opened some doors for me.
Does Rex Ryan have a point?
Before we continue, it's important to note the report has been updated to include an apology by Ryan. The Jets' coach apparently phoned Turner to tell him his words were meant as a compliment in regards to what he and A.J. Smith have accomplished with the franchise.
While Ryan may have thought his opinion sounded like a compliment in his head, it was received as the exact opposite.
By stating that he could have won a title with Turner's current charges, one can see how the Chargers head coach might have interpreted those words as implicating "failure" on his part.
What's most galling is the fact that this is coming from a head coach that has had loaded teams himself—and has yet to win a Super Bowl.
There is no secret that Ryan believes he could have won a title or two with the squads he has had in New York. But the fact remains, he hasn't.
So throwing out that soundbite guarantees that the spotlight comes back on him. Could Bill Belichick have won a Super Bowl with the last couple of Jets teams? If that question seems impossible to answer, that's because it is.
Ryan once again put his foot in his mouth and managed to make us question two teams and two head coaches.
Ryan needs to keep his mouth shut and continue trying to win the Super Bowl he keeps promising everyone.
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