Credit Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas for his article on New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and the Jets Week 1 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys and Rex’s brother, Rob Ryan, the Cowboys Defensive Coordinator.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Ryan described the emotions that will come with playing against his brother as well as the game’s backdrop being the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.
“Well it’s always great,” Ryan said in a conference call. “I have a great time going against my brother; it’s always kind of emotional for me and everything else. But the fact that it’s on 9-11, the 10th anniversary of 9-11, that’s where the focus should be, it shouldn’t be on my brother and I competing against each other even though that’s a family thing and that’s something that we’re awful proud of. But the fact that it’s going to be on the 10th anniversary of 9-11, I feel honored that we’re going to be playing, right there in our stadium. That’s fantastic. It’s obviously going to be an emotional night for everybody, not just in New York/New Jersey area but in the whole country. I feel honored we’ll be opening up the season playing at home.”
“The fact that the game is on opening night and the 10-year anniversary of 9-11 will put a little damper on [the trash-talking]. I certainly don’t want to do something that would take away from [honoring the anniversary of 9-11]. This game certainly won’t be about my brother and I. I think there probably won’t be as much trash-talking as maybe what’s gone on in the past.”
Nice words from Rex, but there can be no doubt that he will enjoy playing against his brother and break out some one-liners as the game approaches.