How the Miami Dolphins Won the Ryan-Crowder Battle

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IIJune 14, 2009

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)

What do coaches get paid to do?

They get paid to run practices, they get paid to draw up plays, they get paid to keep their team focused, they get paid to represent their organization.

Up in New York, Rex Ryan has been miserably failing at doing his job. Last time I checked, head coaches were not supposed to make comments that you could confuse for something Joey Porter, Terrell Owens, or Chad Johnson might say.

Ryan has been engaged in a war-of-words with middle linebacker Channing Crowder of the Miami Dolphins. Ryan recently said of Crowder, "I've walked over tougher guys going to a fight."

I think I have heard something like that before. I am just having trouble remembering if I heard it in my fourth or fifth grade class.

Seriously Rex?

I understand that coaches are expected to fire their teams up, but right now this whole thing just looks horrible for Ryan and the Jets. The Jets and Dolphins will not even face each other until October 12, which is a good four months away.

A little pre-mature aren't you, Rex?

The week before a game, maybe that is the time for some trash talking. Head coaches though? They are supposed to save their trash talking for the locker room.

So what began this all saga?

Rex Ryan was running around making Super Bowl predictions for his Jets, and well, Channing Crowder took offense.

Crowder reacted to Ryan's outlandish predictions by saying, "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."

And Crowder was right. Football games do not get played in June. Ryan does not even have a game on his record yet, and he is talking about Super Bowls?

Maybe this all stems from the fact the Dolphins chose Tony Sparano over Ryan a year ago for their head coaching position. Ryan's comments sound more bitter than anything.

As the war progressed, Ryan at one point said he did not know who Crowder was. Crowder astutely responded that a head coach should know the starting middle linebacker of their rival team.

I know I am biased, but to me it seems like Crowder made a fool of Ryan.

Who was the one to bring up fighting? No, not the tough linebacker—the guy who gets paid to coach was the first one to bring up an actual fight.

Are the Jets proud of this guy or wondering why the hell they hired him?

Channing Crowder, who gets paid to beat the heck out of guys, out-witted and out-smarted an NFL coach.

Crowder also decided to be the bigger man and end this little feud.

That is just one aspect of how the Dolphins won this battle.

The other aspect is that members of the Dolphins front office refused to get involved, whereas members of the Jets front office were in the middle of it.

So who looks more respectable? The Dolphins or the Jets?

I think it is obvious, but you tell me.


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