Last year, when I read Ryan’s book, I applied a Post-It note to that paragraph, but it didn’t strike me as anything scandalous or improper or worth mentioning in a separate post. In the wake of the Saints’ bounty investigation, the mentality exhibited by Ryan doesn’t seem all that different than the mentality underpinning the pool of cash that went to players for making big plays — whether interceptions or fumble recoveries or knocking “that dude” out of the game.
The only difference between what the Saints did and what Ryan does is that the Saints violated the salary cap by paying players for doing things they already were being paid to do. The Saints didn’t want to injure players, notwithstanding the cartoonishly graphic urgings of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. They simply wanted to knock players out of games. Just like Rex Ryan.
But since an attempt to knock a player out of a game necessarily may inflict injury on the player, the NFL felt compelled to take severe and swift action. So why has the punishment been confined only to the Saints?
The goal here isn’t to get the Jets in trouble. The goal is to illustrate that the rabbit hole goes far deeper than the NFL cares to admit. Instead, the league wants to pour cement in it, hammer the Saints in order to get everyone else’s attention, and move on.
Here’s hoping that the effort includes telling Rex Ryan that it’s no longer acceptable to “dot” opposing players.
Mike Florio, in my humble opinion, is losing the plot here(par for the course for him if you read his site often). What Rex said to his players comes nowhere near the Gregg Williams audio. Rex never coached his guys to injure players, he coached them to play within the rules. Williams did more than just offer money, he discussed body parts. This crossed a line that Rex never went near.
As a blogger I understand the need to drum up discussion, but he needs to be careful not to be so inflamatory.