Rex Ryan is like a box of chocolates… You never know what you're gonna get.
There’s no denying the New York Jets Head Coach is an eccentric, erratic, complex man. His polarizing nature adds drama to the theatre of football (not that it really needs any more). But with the Jets’ working on their fifth consecutive loss, the situation at Florham Park is crumbling around franchise fortress he’s worked so hard to build. Whether it’s being the “foot” of every joke or never fulfilling the empty promises, even his once-biggest fans are calling for a Jets revolution and a head coach execution.
In honor of Rex Ryan overstaying his welcome in New York, we bring you the ten most outlandish, erotic, ridiculous, ludicrous, moments of his coaching career.
10. Cursing out a fan
Ryan’s distaste for Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has been well documented.
A fan seemed to hit that Bill B. soft spot as Ryan headed in to the locker room at halftime of the Jets game against New England in 2011. “Hey Rex, Belichick is better than you!” the fan yelled as Ryan walked through the tunnel.
Ryan’s response? “Shut the f--- up.”
He was later fined $75,000 for the profanity.
9. Admitting he's thought about poisoning Peyton Manning's food
This man legitimately has no filter!
"I'm not going to say we're going to poison his food or something... but that has crossed my mind," Ryan said when asked how he planned to stop the Broncos QB before last week’s game.
8. Impersonating his twin brother at a press conference
Rex Ryan, what big hair you have!
Ryan came in to one of his daily press conferences impersonating his brother and former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan with a blonde wig on.
"I'm trying to get a head coaching job so I dyed it a little bit," Ryan, as Rob, said. "Curls are part of it, they're natural."
He was dressed in a Cleveland Browns shirt with a pillow stuffed underneath.
"He should have had the lap band surgery when I did," the Jets Head Coach said. "That's clearly a mistake by him. He's now the big twin."
7. Throwing shade at DeAngelo Hall
Rex Ryan is the king of throwing shade and talking smack. And you can bet your first-born child that Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall was not going to be spared after a late hit on Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson during the 2010 preseason.
“You aren’t gonna tackle anybody! That’s why my brother got rid of your a**!” Ryan screamed, referring to Rob Ryan cutting Hall after playing only eight games with the Oakland Raiders.
6. Suggesting some light bathroom reading material
Because the Jets probably passed a lot of time on the toilet after eating all those “godd--- snacks”.
“This will be some light reading for you. It’s every negative article they wrote about us. Just a little poop material,” he told the team in the first episode of the sixth season of Hard Knocks.
5. Running with the bulls
“I'm going to walk softly, I'm going to carry that big stick and then I'm going to point and then I'm going to hit it over the fence," the outspoken Ryan was once quoted.
It may have been a proverbial fence, but Ryan got a chance to climb a real fence in fear for his life while joining the annual running of the bulls in 2013 at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain. He probably wishes he had that big stick as he’s shown in the video struggling to get over the fence as the bull runs towards him.
4. Comparing himself to Tom Brady
Lewis and Clark... Ben and Jerry… Tom and Rex???
“I never realized how similar that I am to Tom Brady,“ Ryan said at a press conference in 2010.
“I mean, the obvious physical appearance would be the first thing. The fact that he’s married to a supermodel? Hello? Yeah, I’m also married to a supermodel,” he grinned as he held a copy of InStyle magazine where his wife, Michelle, was featured in an NFL advertisement.
3. Referring to Mark Sanchez as his "baby"
"I refer to [Sanchez] as 'my baby,'” Ryan writes in his autobiography, Play Like You Mean It. “I know that may not be the masculine way to put it, but it's the truth, he is absolutely my baby.”
There are just no words. I don’t think we’ll ever understand Ryan’s infatuation with the former Jets Quarterback.
2. Getting a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey
This is one of those few instances in life where you literally can’t.
Picture this - getting a permanent tattoo of your half-naked wife posed sexily with another man’s jersey. Yeah, we can’t either, but the New York Jets Head Coach got one. He was photographed sunbathing, with the tattoo on full display, after the 2013 season in the Bahamas.
It’s definitely not normal under any circumstance. But then again, with Rex Ryan, what ever is?
1. Having a kinky foot fetish
This one takes the cake.
A video surfaced featuring a woman resembling Jets coach Rex Ryan's wife, Michelle, sitting in car talking with a man off screen about her “beautiful, soft” feet.
“I bet most men like to do a lot of things with those feet,” a voice eerily similar to Rex Ryan’s said to the woman.
The video gets uncomfortable to watch and caused quite a stir in the court of public opinion.
"To be honest, and I get it, I know you need to ask and all that stuff," Ryan told reporters when asked about the situation. "But it's a personal matter and I'm really not going to discuss it, OK?"
Ryan never elaborated further, but his brother seemed to confirm the video’s authenticity.
"I mean, hell, he is a little freaky I guess," Rob said when questioned about his brother’s lifestyle.
Deadspin noted Michelle’s alleged username on the foot fetish site where the video was first discovered is also used on other swinger, BDSM and alternative lifestyle websites that have similar locations and birthdays of Rex and Michelle.