Jets’ Ryan apologizes for ‘Hard Knocks’ profanity
CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Rex Ryan’s mother has already scolded him. A little soap might be next for the New York Jets’ foul-mouthed coach.
After a Rex-pletive-filled appearance in the premiere episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” on Wednesday night, Ryan got a call from Mom. And, then, like a good son, he said he was sorry.
“Sometimes you get rolling and that’s what happens,” the usually brash Ryan said Thursday. “I don’t know why. I apologize if I offended more people than I usually offend.”
Not that he’ll be cutting down on the colorful language anytime soon. Whether Mom’s watching or not.
“That’s just the way it is,” Ryan said, “but, I’m going to be myself.”
Swearing is nothing new for NFL coaches _ or coaches in other sports, for that matter. It’s just rare for fans to hear it on national TV. “Hard Knocks” is an uncensored look at the Jets through training camp.
“You don’t even realize you’re saying it,” said Ryan, whose father, Buddy, was known to toss around a choice word or two during his NFL coaching career.
“My Mom’s the only one really disappointed that I care about.”
It didn’t bother any of the players, who said that’s just who Ryan is.
“Skip the F-bombs and everything else,” defensive lineman Sione Pouha said. “You can really feel that this guy is passionate about what he does and is passionate about his players.”
The curses aside, some viewers may have been more offended by some explicit scenes in the HBO vampire series “True Blood,” which aired just before “Hard Knocks.”
“Can’t blame that one on me,” Ryan said, laughing.
The first episode of the five-part “Hard Knocks” series touched on several topics, including star cornerback Darrelle Revis’ holdout, the team’s newest stars, players trying to hook on and playful banter between the coaches and the players.
“I watched it in my dorm room,” Pouha said. “Had a couple of brownies _ that’s probably a $5 fine _ but watched it in the room and the encore as well. It was quite entertaining.”
Veteran pass rusher Jason Taylor, one of the newest Jets, was one of a handful of players who didn’t watch.