Thursday, November 11, 2010
Updated: November 12, 12:12 PM ET
Eric Mangini jokes about Rex Ryan
ESPN.com news services
BEREA, Ohio -- One day after New York Jets coach Rex Ryan joked about Eric Mangini's weight loss, Cleveland's coach fired back.
The Jets (6-2) will visit the Browns (3-5) on Sunday, and much of the pregame banter has included amusing exchanges between Rex Ryan and his twin brother, Rob, Cleveland's defensive coordinator. Rex Ryan said he placed a bounty on his brother, but he was afraid some of his players might bounce off Rob's belly.
He said he wanted to put a bounty on Mangini, "but he's small right now. It would be hard to hit that kind of target."
Mangini has dropped a lot of weight recently, and he complimented Rex Ryan for his new figure.
"I think everyone in New York is happy about that," Mangini said, "except maybe Macy's losing one of their floats."
Meanwhile, quarterback Jake Delhomme, who returned to practice for the first time since reinjuring his ankle on Oct. 10, says he will abide by whatever decision Mangini makes about his starter.
Rookie Colt McCoy has started the Browns' past three games.
Delhomme is not ready to play yet, but when he's 100 percent, Mangini will have to pick among Delhomme, McCoy and Seneca Wallace to be Cleveland's No. 1 quarterback.
Delhomme doesn't know what to expect, but he has one prediction.
"Whatever happens," he said, "we're not going to rock the boat. I'll tell you that much. We're not going to rock the boat. Whatever's best for the team, and we've just got to work. That's the biggest thing. Whatever happens is going to happen.
"If that's what the coach wants, that's what the coach wants. That's what you do. You just do what's right. To me, I've always lived by this credence is that if you're true to the game of football then it will be true to you. And in the situation like that, you do what you have to do and that's just kind of what I believe in. It's not going to be a problem any way we go with me."
While sidelined, Delhomme has mentored McCoy, who credits his 35-year-old teammate with helping him adjust to playing in the NFL.
McCoy was grateful to hear he had Delhomme's support. He never doubted that he had have it.
"Jake is the classiest guy on this team and in this organization," said McCoy, 2-1 in his first three starts. "Jake's the best. We're really close. I wouldn't be playing as well as I am now without Jake. That's who he is. He wants to win too. He's a competitor, but when circumstances like that happen it's not the end of the world for everybody. He understands that and knows that this team needs to win.
"He's been helping me so much."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.