Rex Ryan rips Orioles for not adjusting schedule

Terry McCormick

When the NFL schedule came out Thursday night, Rex Ryan apparently couldn't help himself.

The New York Jets coach, a former Baltimore Ravens assistant coach, ripped into baseball's Baltimore Orioles for not compromising and allowing the Super Bowl champs to open the season at home on Thursday night.

Because of the scheduling conflict, the Ravens will open the season at Denver instead on Sept. 5.

"I think as a fan of football I see that first game where Baltimore is away against Denver,” Ryan said via ESPN. “I certainly understand that is going to be a great game, but for the Ravens not opening at home ... I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares? You’ve got 81 of those things at home. Maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and only 80 at home."

The Ravens and Orioles share a parking lot, and Rex has a point that it would be good if the Ravens could have carried on the tradition of opening the season at home after winning the Super Bowl.

“I really don’t think people are going to care about that game," said Ryan, meaning the Orioles. "You have a chance to have the defending world champs open up the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that’s unfortunate."

Of course, the good news for Ryan is that the New York metropolitan area is big enough that if the Yankees or Mets had a scheduling conflict that it probably wouldn't matter too much. And the other thing is the Jets probably won't be in the situation of playing in the NFL's season-opening game anytime soon anyway.

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