1. We love a messy, childish feud, so we were downright giddy when we saw what went down Monday between former Jets coach and current ESPN personality Rex Ryan, current Jets coach Robert Saleh and Saleh’s brother David.
It all started when Ryan, who seems to think he’s on the level of Bill Belichick and Bill Walsh, went on New York’s local ESPN radio show Monday morning to blast Saleh and the Jets for their pathetic defensive effort over the past several weeks.
“This guy is supposed to be a defensive guru,” Ryan said. I take it personal. Everything I heard was this guy is a lot like myself, but without the bad part. Some of the bad part you need, because the team doesn’t want to play with any damn heart. That’s the thing that’s disappointing me.
Don’t ever compare this guy to me, this Robert Saleh to me. … To me, I’m a little pissed off about it when I heard his background is a lot like yours. No, it isn’t. No, it isn’t.”
While Saleh and the Jets have been awful this season, especially on defense, it’s comical that Ryan is offended at the idea of people comparing him to the current New York coach, because this was Ryan’s career record as an NFL head coach:
To recap, Ryan was 46–50 as Jets coach and 61–66 overall when you include his two seasons with the Bills.
Later in the day, Saleh appeared on ESPN radio and was asked about Ryan’s comments.
“I’ve never met Rex,” he said. “I’ve never had a conversation with Rex. I don’t even know him, except for people who know him throughout the league. Obviously, if it’s that personal for him, he knows where to find me.”
Sure, that “he knows where to find me” line is kinda good, but Saleh didn’t mean it like, “Hey, find me and let’s fight, tough guy.” It was more like, “If you wanna talk, find me.”
Saleh’s overall quote isn’t inflammatory or ridiculous, like Ryan’s quote was.
However, Saleh’s brother David was ready to take things to another level. He defended his sibling by dropping this bomb:
Calling Ryan a clown is pretty cookie-cutter, the fat joke is low-hanging fruit, but “stick to podiatry” is a pretty fantastic way to refer to Ryan’s famous foot fetish.
But it’s the line about totally flopping once Ryan didn’t have Eric Mangini’s players that has to sting Ryan the most because the numbers say it’s true. After Ryan’s first two seasons as Jets coach, his record in New York was 26–38.
Score one for brotherly love in this dust-up.
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3. I've never seen an NBA ejection like this one. Lakers star Anthony Davis lost a sneaker last night. As he put it back on after a basket, the ref refused to stop the game. So Davis barked at the ref and the ref tossed him. It wasn't even his second technical. Ridiculous.
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5. A big theme on the latest SI Media Podcast (see below item) was Bill Belichick and the tremendous job he is doing with the Patriots this season. I was already going to throw a few bucks on the Patriots to reach the Super Bowl, but NBC's Cris Collinsworth made me double my bet.
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