'Stay classy, San Diego,' Rex tells Chargers
Imagine Rex Ryan advising anybody on class.
After all, the garrulous Jets coach has been known to put his foot in his mouth on occasion, the most recent being last week’s claims that had San Diego hired him in 2007, he’d have won two rings there by now.
But he just had to reply to the snipe Chargers tight end Randy McMichael shot after Sunday’s 27-21 win, when McMichael discredited the Jets for any involvement in the Chargers’ second-half meltdown.
“Stay classy, San Diego,” Ryan said Monday, quoting from Ron Burgundy of “Anchorman” fame before giving his Jets (4-3) the rest of their bye week off.
McMichael exploded after the game on Sunday, claiming, “Their secondary isn’t anything. It’s our fault. It had nothing to do with anyone on their team. It’s embarrassing.”
McMichael overlooked the fact that the Jets intercepted two Philip Rivers passes in the final quarter, the first of which was brought back 64 yards by Darrelle Revis to set up the go-ahead touchdown. It was Revis’ third pick in two games.
“When you’re up by 11 points in the fourth quarter and you can‘t even finish the game up, that shows what kind of team you are,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie told reporters Monday. "A team that can’t finish. That’s been San Diego the whole time.”
And so the verbal jousting that started between Ryan and Norv Turner last week continued. The difference is, those things are expected during game week. Postgame comments like McMichael’s and Cromartie’s serve no purpose except to inflame the other team for the next meeting. One wonders if either would have said the same about a division opponent who the Chargers would face again, as opposed to a squad they theoretically may not face for another three years.
At any rate, McMichael ended his postgame snit with one other comment.
“I’m not giving credit to anybody,” he said. “This is our fault.”
Ryan disagreed. But, perhaps heeding his own advice, he stayed classy this time.