Rex Ryan promised one part of his own identity will change today in his press conference according to Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. That is that he will no longer use the word “rings” in press conferences.
Ryan got himself into trouble last week when he said he would have had “a couple of rings” if the Chargers had hired him for their head coaching vacancy in 2007. Ryan interviewed, but Norv Turner got the job. When he was first hired by the Jets in 2009, he also made waves by saying “I never came here to kiss Bill Belichick’s rings,” meaning he was not intimidated by the Patriots.
“I will no longer say the word rings anymore,” Ryan said. “Kiss Belichick’s rings, these rings here with San Diego, all this kind of stuff — I’m not going to use the word ‘ring’ anymore. I do get crushed every time I say it.”
Ryan said “Lombardi Trophy” and “Super Bowl” are still in play, however.