In a new book coming out, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan does…well he does exactly what you’d expect him to. Ryan’s book, “Play Like You Mean It” is written by Don Yeager and due to be released next week. While there are no nuclear bombs dropped, Ryan blasts several ex-players, goes out of his way to tweak New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and claims the Jets will have a decade of dominance over the cross-town New York Giants.
Among some claims about former players, Ryan calls former No. 6 overall draft pick and gigantic bust Vernon Gholston “a phony.” Gholston was drafted by the Jets when Ryan was still the defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.
“Truth be told, I didn’t like the kid coming out of college, He’s a good athlete and a smart guy, but I thought he was a phony.”
Ryan goes on to blast former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals last offseason.
“He was a selfish-ass guy. He wouldn’t work and he was a Hollywood type, flashing and needing attention.”
He also earmarks former Jets Eric Barton and Chris Baker as “negative guys.” Then he discusses Tom Brady, responding to Brady’s claim that he “hates” the Jets by saying the two-time NFL MVP is equally hated.
“I really don’t know Tom Brady, but who wouldn’t hate him? Look at his life. Actually, look at his wife. Every man in America hates Tom Brady, and he should be proud of that.”
Ryan also discusses how he was upset by comments made last summer by former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy because of the language used by Ryan on “Hard Knocks.” Ryan claims he was really upset that Dungy “judged me the way he did.” He then claims he and Dungy later had a “great” meeting and cleared the air.
Frankly, I’d bet this book is pretty disappointing and that we just covered all the good parts. I don’t think the hilarity that is Rex Ryan’s personality can be contained within the pages of a book.
Although, his quotes about the Giants are pretty great. Here’s a nice little excerpt:
“When people ask me what it’s like to share New York with the Giants, my response is always, I am not sharing it with them – they’re sharing it with me. I know it’s going to piss off every Giants fan to hear this, but here you go: We are the better team. We are the big brother.”
He then says the Jets are “going to remain the better team for the next 10 years. Whether you like it or not, those are the facts and that’s what’s going to happen.”