New York Jets coach Rex Ryan took a different approach to final cuts this past weekend.
Most NFL coaches huddle up with their assistants and front office executives to figure out who will make their 53-man roster. There is usually a lot of debating between team officials that occurs behind closed doors. It is the most important day of the year when it comes to determining a team.
However, it was an also important day in Ryan’s personal life.
Seth Ryan, Rex’s son, is a walk-on freshman receiver at Clemson University. Rex decided to skip the last day of final cuts this past Saturday to attend his son’s first college football game. As a result, he is currently being accused by members of the New York media for losing interest and influence with the Jets, but Ryan defended his choice on Monday.
“Almost all of our moves were made, Friday evening, when I was here,” Ryan said. “I talked to several of the players that we were going to release. I don’t think it was official until – we actually never made our moves until later that evening and that’s why the report came out when it did the next day. It came out Saturday. But certainly I spoke with most of our guys that were released just like I’ve done every year. I was very aware of our situation.”
Got to talk to ol Rex Ryan at the Clemson game! pic.twitter.com/OyHP2Npo05
— Josh Sutton (@tiger3josh) September 1, 2013
— Mark Furse (@Tiger_Furse) September 1, 2013
Of course, since Seth is a freshman walk-on, he sat on the bench during that game. But it still was an important event to his father.
“This was an opportunity to go see my son play his first college game. I think ‘played’ is probably not very accurate. I saw him stand there,” Ryan said. “But it was a great deal. Obviously, it’s not like I’m going to be able to go to another game. It just so happened I could make that one. It was a night game. That’s really what I did. I took advantage of it. It was great. I just played dad there for a day. That was a lot of fun.”
Media members are supposed to stick together, but this story seems blown out of proportion.
There are plenty of parents who take time off from work to watch their child stand along the sidelines of games. Sure, this is not Pop Warner football (some Jets fans may disagree), but it was an important event within the Ryan family. If Ryan worked ahead on Friday to get off work the following day (like the rest of us), he should not be criticized for supporting his son. Considering how many important family events coaches miss throughout the lives with their children, there is nothing wrong with being there for an achievement - great or small.
Besides, if Ryan does not have a winning season with the Jets, he can be a season-ticket holder at Clemson next year.