An episode of Rex in the City

October, 16, 2013
10/16/13
7:30
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I've seen a lot of bizarre stuff in 25 years of covering the New York Jets, but this was a first: The head coach, standing in the press room, talking about sex. Or, rather, telling us he wasn't talking about sex.

About four hours after his news conference, Rex Ryan returned to clarify a comment he made in the team meeting. He apparently told the players to "rest your legs" and skip household responsibilities this week, focusing entirely on the upcoming game against the New England Patriots. At least one player, rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, interpreted that as a no-sex edict from the coach.

"Most definitely," Richardson told the New York Daily News.

Soon after it was posted on the newspaper's web site, the Jets attempted to clarify the matter.

The weirdness started after practice, when newly-signed kickoff returner Josh Cribbs described Ryan's demeanor in the team meeting. Mind you, this was Cribbs' first exposure to Ryan.

“I saw it in his eyes in the team meeting," Cribbs said. "He really wants this game. I can tell he really wants this game. He was like, 'Rest your legs and go home. Don’t do nothing for your wife. Say: 'Baby, next week. I’m going to do it next week. I’m going to take out the trash next week. I’ll take the kids to practice next week. But I’ve got to rest for this game.' I’m going to tell him to put it on paper, so when I give it to my wife, I can be like, 'Hey, Rex said that I don’t got to take out the trash.’ So he might get a call from my wife.”

I wonder if Bill Belichick has to deal with this stuff up in the Foxborough bunker.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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