Rex Ryan has been known to drop of the occasional F-bomb. (Deadspin counted 47 during last year's five-episode run of Hard Knocks, making it the coach's most-used swear word.) And you may also recall that time Ryan gave the middle finger to a hostile MMA crowd in Miami last year. Which is to say, it shouldn't really surprise anyone that Ryan responded to a MetLife Stadium heckler on Sunday night — one who told him that Bill Belichick is better than he is — by telling the heckler to "shut the fuck up." Not to defend it or anything — it should go without saying that coaches shouldn't be cursing at spectators — but, honestly, if we were writing some sort of Jets fan fiction, and wanted to punch up the walk to the locker room at halftime, that's exactly what we'd have Ryan say.
Ryan's since apologized for the comment — "I was full of emotion and just popped off," he said — and now the league is investigating. (The Jets say that any disciplinary measures will come from the league, because it happened during a game.) But Ryan's comment to the fan wasn't the only story (or perhaps we should say, non-story) from Sunday involving a coach saying a bad word.
From yesterday's Post, about Bill Belichick:
As the Patriots coach walked off the MetLife Stadium field, he threw his arm around his son, Stephen, and added an exclamation mark to the Patriots’ 37-16 victory over the Jets.
“Thirty-seven points on the best defense in the league, s--- my d---,” the Patriots coach said in celebration.
But Ryan said he didn't mind the comment. From today's Post:
“That tells you how big a game that was for both teams,” Ryan said. “I don’t take offense to it. Quite honestly, I said the exact same thing to my son when we were walking off the field after we beat them in the playoffs about their offense being the No. 1 offense in the league. I’ve got no problem with that.”
We're glad Ryan didn't object to Belichick's comment. If he did, it really would have been a classic case of the pot telling the kettle to shut the eff up.