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Jets Coach Rex Ryan: Tony Dungy 'unfairly judged me'

Tony Dungy was turned off by Jets Coach Rex Ryan's cursefest in the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" last Wednesday.

Ryan has since promised to drop the portly pottymouth act, saying his mother insisted, and he wasn't too pleased with Dungy's criticism today.

"I've been a big admirer of Tony Dungy, and I'm sure a lot of people are, but he unfairly judged me, and that was disappointing to me," Ryan said in Cortland, N.Y. He added that he'd left a message for the former coach, who's now a TV analyst, Ryan said he called Dungy, a studio analyst for NBC, inviting him to "spend some time with me and the organization, and maybe he'll have a different take on it."

In a radio interview earlier in the week, Dungy had suggested that Coach Roger Goodell might take action: "I don't know that [Goodell] will or not, but I would hope that he does because I just don't think the league needs that. I don't think our young people need to hear that that's the way it's done to be successful. Because it doesn't have to be that way."

By Cindy Boren  |  August 18, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  NFL  
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