Terry Bradshaw rips Rex Ryan

Updated: September 4, 2010, 11:27 AM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

You can add Terry Bradshaw to the growing list of Rex Ryan bashers.

Bradshaw, speaking to reporters Thursday in Shreveport, La., his hometown, blasted the New York Jets coach for yapping too much. The former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback-turned-TV analyst predicted that Ryan will "shut up real quick" if things fall apart for the Jets.

"He doesn't even play, so it's easy for him to shoot his mouth off," Bradshaw told TV station KTBS. "He doesn't make a tackle, he doesn't run a ball, he doesn't make a catch or throw a ball. He just sits over there. Unfortunately, I don't think his players are quite as strong-minded as he is."

Bradshaw, an analyst on the FOX NFL pregame show, said second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez could wind up bearing the brunt of Ryan's bravado.

"He's putting a lot of pressure on his young quarterback," Bradshaw said. "If they can't run the ball, they're going to have to throw it and they can't pass protect. He'll shut up real quick. You know what? I don't like guys like that, OK?"

Because of HBO's "Hard Knocks," Ryan's brash coaching style is known in living rooms across the country, prompting criticism from high-profile people associated with the NFL.

NBC analyst Tony Dungy, the former coach of the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, criticized Ryan because of his profanity on the TV show, resulting in a pointed response from Ryan. He actually called Dungy to discuss the matter. They cleared the air, with Dungy accepting an invitation from Ryan to visit him at the Jets' facility.

Dungy's NBC colleague, former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, echoed Bradshaw's sentiment last week in a conference call. Harrison said Tom Brady & Co. were "tired and fed up with his trash talking."

Brady claimed recently he doesn't watch "Hard Knocks," adding, "I hate the Jets."

ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski, speaking on a conference call, said he's "refreshed" by Ryan's approach, but he admitted it could make it tougher on the Jets to meet the enormous expectations.

"As a former player, the bull's-eye gets bigger," Jaworski said. "When you're playing against a team and they're getting all of the recognition -- pretty much speaking all bravado -- you hear this and you see this, and you really do get a feeling that you want to put them in their place, whatever that place may be."

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter



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