Tony Dungy gives Jets coach Rex Ryan a thumbs down for his performance on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
Speaking Tuesday morning on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Dungy, a former NFL coach and current analyst for NBC, told the radio host that he wouldn’t hire “somebody like” Ryan who constantly curses. Ryan’s potty mouth was on full display last week in Episode 1 of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets”.
“It’s hard for me to be around that,” Dungy told Patrick. “If I were in charge, no, I wouldn’t hire somebody like that.
“I’ve been around f-bombs, so it’s not like it’s new. I don’t think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across.”
Dungy said Ryan is trying to endear himself to his players, but the potty talk, the former Buccaneers and Colts head coach believes, is unnecessary to achieve that goal.
“I think Rex can make his points without all that,” Dungy said. “I think that’s a lot of who he is. His dad (Buddy Ryan) was the same way and coached the same way.”
Patrick asked Dungy if Commissioner Roger Goodell should intervene because Ryan is representing the NFL.
“I would hope he does,” Dungy said. “I don’t know that he will or not. I don’t think the league needs that. I don’t think our young people need to hear that that’s the way it’s done to be successful because it doesn’t have to be that way.”