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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: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:56 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Rex Ryan is an +sshole with a capital "A".  Who cares what this egotistical wantabe says. 

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:43 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Why do people even care what this man has to say? He is a joke the Jets have hit the peek the last two years and now it is down hill here on out. Sorry Jets fans.. This man promised so much and eventually when you keep not giving what you promise your going to be questioned by your followers. And it is happening already. Jets win at best 9 games this year , Defense looks and plays very overrated . The offense is still the same bad offense they had when they drafted Sanchez. 

Since: Sep 11, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:23 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Shouldn't he apologize to his own team also? He basically just said they that if he was coaching the Chargers instead of the Jets, he would have one the superbowl...

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:13 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Yes, maybe Ryan could have won with the Chargers.  That is the funny thing about him retracting his statement.  Of course he believes he could have.  At least he has the attitude to say it.  I give him credit for at least apologizing just shouldn't say that about any other coach at your same level whether you mean it or not.  Turner does have a great offensive mind but just does not seem to be a dynamic head coach of an NFL football team.  Many coaches are great coaches, they just aren't great HEAD coaches.  We have one here in Chicago but I won't name names!

Since: May 25, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:06 pm

Rex Ryan apologizes to Norv Turner

Being a Charger fan I've got to ask, why should Ryan apolgize? He's absolutely correct, Norv Turner is among the worst coaches in the NFL and he has coached a team with as much talent as any in the NFL. This team has had a worse record every year been coach and they have had virtually no post season success. His biggest problem is that, although he has a pretty good offensive mind he cant get a team motivated to play, something that Ryan appears to excel at. Norv Turner sucks.

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