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Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Posted on: October 20, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 6:44 pm
Turns out, Rex Ryan really didn't mean he'd have two championships if he had the Chargers' gig. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Jets head coach Rex Ryan seems unconcerned when his players -- including team captain, Santonio Holmes -- publicly pointed fingers at assistant coaches and each other when the offense sputtered, perhaps because Ryan's shtick is as much about brashness and bravado as what actually takes place on the field for 60 minutes each week.

During his first two years in New York, the Jets twice made it to the AFC Championship Game. This season, Rex's troops are 3-3, partly because the offense looks lost and the defense isn't as formidable as it once was. And while it may have no bearing on how the team performs, the sideshow distractions certainly can't help. The latest: Ryan telling reporters this week that "I think I would have had a couple rings" if he had gotten the Chargers' head coaching gig instead of Norv Turner.

That led the usually reserved Turner to wonder "if [Rex] had those rings with the ones he's guaranteed the last couple of years."  (Norv throws down the mic, walks off the stage to a standing ovation.)

This all happened Wednesday. On Thursday, Ryan apologized.

"It was me, it's all on me," he said. "I'm guilty. Absolutely … Obviously I wish this one never happened. It really was unintentional. I don't know what other word to use. I don't know what to even say."

Yes, because saying out loud "I think I would have a couple of rings" was an accident. It just slipped out.

(And look, we don't care that Rex said it, it's just weird that he's saying it was "unintentional." Backing over your kid's tricycle is an accident. Forming a thought and articulating it into words, for the media no less, is not an accident.)

After a dominant victory over the Dolphins on Monday night, the Jets look to repeat this week as they prepare to take on the San Diego Chargers.'s Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this game. Watch the game Sunday on CBS at 1 PM ET. You can check out the Jets-Chargers Pregame here.

For the record: Norv has two Super Bowl rings -- both came as an assistant with the Cowboys. And Rex has one, when he was a defensive line coach with the Ravens.

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 9:08 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

But it's true, well, at least have been to the Super Bowl once, whether the Chargers would've won that season or not. I mean, if the Cardinals made it and nearly won after a pair of 5-11 seasons, yeah the Chargers under Norv Turner should've gotten there. About the only other epic fails I can think of, the Cowboys not winning a playoff game with Parcells as coach, then going 13-3 and losing the only playoff game they would play. Then there was the Falcons 13-3 blowout last season, but who could consider that an epic fail. GB Packers nearly beat them on the road in regular season and then mopped thefloor with the Falkcons dirty birds in the playoffs.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:53 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

And your Raiders have done exactly what over the last 10 years? Nothing. They haven't even managed a winning season. Norv's lack of success with the Raiders is hardly his fault. No one else has been able to do better with the garbage players that Al Davis brought to the team. Concidering that the Raiders have beaten the Chargers exactly twice in 7 1/2 years, I don't think you have any room to be bashing Norv.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:50 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

rex ryan is a fat bag of wind...
Takes one to know one, eh, crfunnies?  By the way, have the Giants' players stopped diving yet?

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:36 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

rex ryan is a fat bag of wind...all he is good at is TALKING about winning a super bowl....until he does it he's no better that rich kotite

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:32 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

My, my, what's with this younger generation of head coaches all of a sudden?  Harbaugh, Schwartz, Ryan (and even Turner with his retort) . . .tsk, tsk.  Ah, for the good old days, when if someone perturbed Rex's father, Buddy would just punch the guy. Of course, Rex is already ahead of Buddy, who never won a playoff game as a head coach. 

Seriously, this must be an awfully slow news week if it's the coaches who are making the news--with their mouths.  I never could understand why people (including the coaches themselves) got so worked up over the silly and trivial Harbaugh/Schwartz incident.  But, you know, maybe Buddy Ryan should be the role model for that.  As a head coach, he didn't believe in post-game handshakes, partly to avoid some of this nonsense.  He'd just wave to the opposing coach from his sideline and run off the field with his players to the locker room.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:20 pm
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Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:19 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

I can't stand Rex but you are wrong. Norv Turner has wasted more talent than anyone else in football. Rex has a special way about him that gets under everyone's skin but he's still a much better coach than Turner.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:07 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

If Rex Ryan coached Green Bay, the Packers would be winless.  Norv Turner isn't a great coach, but he is ccertainly better than perpetually sub .500 Ryan.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:06 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Anyone with the last name Ryan in the NFL is an affront to common decency and in general a disgrace.  Why can't these disgusting man-childs grow up and learn how to be a real man, instead of obscene loud mouths, who on top of it all, are clearly awfulo coaches.  Bad coaches, bad character, and bad words - that sums up the Ryan children.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:58 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Norv Turner = loser head coach. This guy has done less with more, than any coach that I can ever remember.  The Charger team that he took over was dynamite and played in a poor division almost every year that he has coached. Although the Raiders beat them twice last year - the Chargers had more talent. Special teams had a lot to do with those games. AS long as Rivers is under center their team has a chance. The sooner they get Matthews more touches out of the passing game they will be more dangerous.

The Raiders were no juggernaut when he became coach, but he didn't do anything to help improve that situation either. The Robert Gallery pick had his name all over it as well.

A a fan of the Raiders, it is enjoyable for me to watch his team struggle, but he is not inept at football. He just appears to be a poor HC.

Marty should never have been let go, but his stubborn pride and AJ couldn't coexist. Marty was conservative to a fault, and failed to be aggressive enough in the playoffs. Why they brought in Norv after Marty is something that I never understood.

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