October 20, 2011
If the ringless Rex Ryan had been hired by the San Diego Chargers back in 2007, he predicts he'd be rolling in the championships right now. Norv Turner, who has been in San Diego since 2007 and has no titles, doubts this, since Rex is equally ringless in New York.
San Diego reporters asked Ryan about what would have happened if he had gotten the Chargers job back in 2007. "Well, I think I would have had a couple rings," Ryan replied. "I'm telling you, those teams were loaded."
The Jets quickly sent an email to Pro Football Talk clarifying Ryan's remarks. He didn't mean that Norv was incompetent or that he was a much better coach than Norv, no. All he meant was that A.J. Smith did a great job as general manager of those teams. It was a compliment, not an insult!
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Has Rex really gone that soft? The same guy who guarantees Super Bowls and takes shots at Bill Belichick is getting clarifications sent in his name by somebody in a PR office because he took a dig at a hapless coach? Not only has the muzzle been taken off, but the dog has been neutered too.
Rex then called Turner to apologize for the comments. Turner was surprised by the call; he hadn't even heard the comments yet. In true Norv fashion, he was calm, accepting and said he wasn't going to hold a grudge. He did, however, get in a little dig of his own.
"I didn't have a chance to ask him this," he said when confirming the apology, "but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he's guaranteed the last couple of years."
Norv! Comin' out of nowhere with the shot at Rex Ryan. I love it. Of all the people who bite back at Rex, it's Norv, seemingly the most mild-mannered guy around. It's like in "Goodfellas" when Spider tells off Joe Pesci.
Despite the dig, Turner made sure to explain that there is no beef and this story wouldn't continue during the postgame handshake. That's good. It may take a whole team of security guys to hold back Norv Turner if he ever got that Jim Schwartz-ian look in his eye.
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