Posted by Will Brinson
Rex Ryan has caught hell from everyone -- it feels like, anyway -- for his language on "Hard Knocks." His mother, Tony Dungy ... only his players (including Mark Sanchez who we recently interviewed, in case you missed it) seem to understand.
Dungy even wanted to get NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to weigh in on the issue. Well, via USA Today's The Huddle, he did just that on Mike & Mike this morning.
"Obviously at times you're going to get language that's not appropriate for all ages," Goodell said. "And it's something that I guess we're not proud of. But it is a reality of what happens in those camps. And that's why that show is so popular."
In other words: thanks, Tony Dungy, for making me discuss this. Since, you know, clearly Rex Ryan's language is way more important of a topic than the lockout or rookie wages or anything else important to the NFL.
That's not to dog Dungy all that much, but Goodell's point is dead-on -- swearing is a reality of the NFL. It's going to happen, even if cameras are hanging around, filming players and coaches.
And, frankly, I'm pretty certain Dungy's in the minority -- I'd be willing to be that the vast number of people who watch "Hard Knocks" prefer the reality of the training camp situations being shown, even if it involves lots of four-letter words. He also has the freedom to wait until the next morning and watch the edited AM version of the show, if his ears burn too much from Ryan's f-bomb prowess.
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