Thursday, August 12, 2010
Rex Ryan sorry for profanity use on TV
By Rich Cimini
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan received a call late Wednesday night from his mother. She wasn't happy with his use of profanity in the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the NY Jets."
In a behind-the-scenes look at the Jets, Ryan dropped more F-bombs than a script from "The Sopranos." On Thursday, the Jets' coach was somewhat sheepish when asked about his language.
"I apologize if I offended more people than I usually offend," he said in typical self-deprecating style.
If anybody thinks Ryan was simply hamming it up for the cameras, you don't know him very well. It was Rex being Rex, a quality that endears him to his players.
"You should've seen what they edited out," said safety Jim Leonhard, alluding to the team meeting that appears early in the episode.
Most of the players on the team watched from their dorms. Outside linebacker Jason Taylor said he was too camped out to watch more camp.
"We're living it," said Taylor, who, as a former contestant on the "Dancing With the Stars" show, has enjoyed his share of national TV exposure over the years. "We go through training camp all day. The last thing you want to do is watch training camp on TV."
The debut focused on several storylines, including the Darrelle Revis holdout, but Ryan stole the show -- hardly a surprise. But his act may not have been appropriate for younger audiences.
"The problem is, that's what happens," Ryan said. "Sometimes you get rolling and words come out and you don't even realize you're saying it. My mom is the only one really disappointed that I care about. I'm going to be myself."
"Skip the F-bombs and everything else," defensive lineman Sione Pouha said. "You can really feel that this guy is passionate about what he does and is passionate about his players."
The curses aside, some viewers may have been more offended by explicit scenes in the HBO vampire series "True Blood," which aired just before "Hard Knocks."
"Can't blame that one on me," Ryan said, laughing.
"I watched it in my dorm room," Pouha said. "Had a couple of brownies -- that's probably a $5 fine -- but watched it in the room and the encore as well. It was quite entertaining."
One of the more entertaining scenes included Ryan going up against general manager Mike Tannenbaum in a punt-pass-kick competition. Tannenbaum went head-over-heels while unsuccessfully trying to field a punt.
"There's some people who probably watched it over and over," a smiling Ryan said -- likely referring to Revis' agents.
"I don't know if people get used to seeing coaches and the GM having fun," linebacker Bart Scott said. "You're not used to seeing fun. So, we like to have fun. I think [people] get a greater appreciation of how we go about our business."
Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter. The Associated Press contributed to this report.