Rex Ryan, Jets keep eating and cursing in 'Hard Knocks'
Last week, Jets Coach Rex Ryan got all the press for his "Sopranos"-like droppage of f-bombs. In Wednesday night's episode on HBO, Ryan didn't really back off despite Tony Dungy's criticism so it was strictly earmuffs time for the kiddies again.
Update: Dungy takes Ryan up on offer to visit
Ryan continues to love him some M&Ms.
"What took you so long? It was an emergency," he tells an assistant who brings him a gigantic bag. When she replies that she hid them so well it took time to find them, Jets coaches ask how two cases disappeared so quickly. "History speaks for itself," Ryan replied.
Marty "Martyball" Schottenheimer's role is recurring. Presumably he was visiting his son, Brian, the Jets' offensive coordinator, and not sharing his thoughts about postseason gameplans. This could get interesting. Like when Jerry's parents visited on "Seinfeld."
Nick Mangold popped Kris Jenkins in their ongoing on-the-field battle. That was solid.
I have nothing to say about Antonio Cromartie's inability to remember the names of his children. (The baby is named "Jersey." Perhaps the next one could be "Helmut.")
We learned some stuff about Mark Sanchez. He ordered pizza and joked to the delivery guy that the 59-cent cups of dressing (mmmm!) should be free. In what thankfully stopped short of being a Bubba Gump moment, we learned that he likes the color orange (orange TicTacs, orange Icees...) And he learned a valuable lesson from veteran quarterback Mark Brunell after throwing an interception.
Sanchez to Brunell: "That's a heck of the way to start the year off. "
Brunell to Sanchez: "It's not the year, it's the preseason."
Sanchez calmed down and later entertained the idea of hitting on Brunell's college-age daughter (in an innocently-inquiring kind of way).
"No, that won't happen. He's not meeting my daughter. She already saw a picture of him, and she thinks he's cute. I like the kid, but I don't like him that much."
The doughnut: It has nothing to do with Rex Ryan, although he would probably try to eat it. It's the sign that there's a roundup going on...and a nod to one of the great sports quotes (which has a six-degrees DC tie). Lindsay Applebaum gets the kudos for the design.
Fred Davis update:
Grant Paulsen of 106.7 tweets: Fred Davis just told me .. yesterday's legal issues are behind him. He wanted to pay fines & not fight claims so he could focus on football. that his legal issues are behind him. He wanted to pay fines & not fight claims so he could focus on football.
Analyzing the Redskins: Ralph Vacchiano, who writes for the New York Daily News and Athlon, has his reasons for thinking the Redskins will be improved and dangerous this season.
This is a Mike Shanahan team and a McNabb team -- easily the two biggest and smartest acquisitions the Redskins have made in the Snyder era. And despite appearances, it's not as if either of them was added to a completely empty cupboard.
The Redskins, as bad as they were, lost nine games by 10 points or fewer last year.
Raging bull: No one wants to see people get hurt, but maybe a small part of you will say "go, bull" when you watch this.
August 19, 2010; 9:55 AM ET
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