Rex Ryan is handling this all wrong

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Rex Ryan is handling this all wrong

By Adam Hart
CSNNE.com

The internet is flooding with allegations Rex Ryan and his wife, whom Rex once compared to Tom Brady's bride, produce foot fetish videos. But the big guy only had this to say Wednesday:

"I know you need to ask, it's a personal matter."

What in the what? That's not the Rex Ryan we know and like as a friend. There's no need to be coy. Be yourself; make a joke out of the whole thing.

Until he gets his plan of attack figured out, here's a bevy of situations creating a conflict of interests for Rex. Actually, it's more a merger of interests:

Ed Hoculi: The Jets player was stopped short of the first down. There is no penalty on the play, but I figured it appropriate to explain the Jets need a foot to move the chains. Does this. Repeat: the Jets need a foot.

RR: That's EXACTLY what we need.

Team Statistician: Coach, you do know there's three feet in a yard, right?

RR: Expletive right I do.

Mike Westhoff: Look, we've got the Bears this week. They might try that surprise onside kick crap, so everybody be on your toes!

RR: All ten of your beautiful toes.

Jim Nantz: And Santonio Holmes is out with a foot.

RR: Wish I was out with a foot right now. Heck, who am I kidding. One foot won't cut it anymore -- I need two.

Woody Johnson: Still can't believe I'm footing the bill for that sexual harassment training. Should've just denied, denied some more and pawned it on Belichick.

RR: You're doing what to the bill?!

(O-Coord.) Bill Callahan: Coach, remember when you said we'd win the Super Bowl? Well, the Patriots have taken over the top spot in the AFC East.

RR: Are you saying there's a mutiny afoot? . . . Please say there's a mutiny afoot.

Mark Sanchez: Hey, Coach. Just bought a new car. It's one of those hybrids.

RR: Ha! Nice move, Nacho. Pretty soon they'll be selling those Flintstones cars again. You know, the ones they power with their big, neanderthal feet. Actually . . .

Training Staff: Tomlinson has a slight case of turf toe.

RR: Ooo, I like the sound of that. . . . Wait, what's turf toe?

Mark Sanchez: Coach, I watched this great movie this weekend, Happy Feet.

RR: Not what you thought it'd be, right?

Mark Sanchez: . . . Uh, not sure what you mean. It was really good, fun for the whole family.

Team Equipment Manager: Coach, we're traveling to Soldier Field this week. They've got shaky turf, so I'll be advising players on their spikes. Got to have good footing.

RR: I'm all about good footing. All day every day.

Braylon Edwards: For the team flight, we were thinking of switching it up a bit. We want to watch Footloose instead of 300.

RR: I'm listening. . .

Reporter: Coach, any word on new sponsorship deals with with golf product supplier FootJoy and athlete's foot medication Tinactin.

RR: Can't comment. But I'll say the Jets organization would be proud to be associated with companies doing great work in the field of foot pleasure.

That's more like it.

Injury report: Amendola out for Ravens game, Bennett questionable

Injury report: Amendola out for Ravens game, Bennett questionable

Wide receiver Danny Amendola was officially listed as out on the injury report for the Patriots' Monday night home game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Amendola injured his ankle on a punt return against the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday. It will be the first game he's missed this season. The Patriots signed veteran wide receiver and kick returner Griff Whalen during the week.

Tight end Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is among the Pats listed as questionable, along with special teams ace Matt Slater (foot), who missed the Rams game, safety Jordan Richards (knee), linebacker Elandon Roberts (hamstring) and cornerback Eric Rowe (hamstring).

Whalen, part of Colts' infamous fake punt play, settles in with Patriots

Whalen, part of Colts' infamous fake punt play, settles in with Patriots

FOXBORO – Griff Whalen was at the epicenter of one of the stupidest, funniest, most “did that just happen?!” plays in NFL history.

So indescribable it never even really earned a name, it was the fourth-down gadget play the Colts tried to run against the Patriots on Sunday Night Football in the first meeting between the teams after Indy ran to the principal’s office to start Deflategate. 

Whalen was the center on that play (I tried to call it “Fourth-and-Wrong” but it didn’t take) and the millisecond between him snapping the ball and the three players processing that the ball had indeed been snapped is perhaps my favorite moment of the past several seasons. 

Whalen is a Patriot now, brought in this week in the wake of Danny Amendola’s knee injury presumably to fill Amendola’s role as a punt returner and wideout. The Colts released him last January, the Dolphins picked him up and cut him at the end of training camp and the Chargers had him on their roster from mid-September until releasing him last month after eight games, two catches and 22 yards. He returned kickoffs for San Diego but no punts since 2015.

The primary area of need for the Patriots is on punt returns. Rookie Cyrus Jones’ transition to appearing comfortable remains glacially slow. It was Jones’ muff last week that brought on Amendola in relief. When Amendola hurt his ankle on a late-game return, the Patriots were forced to decide between Jones, wideout Julian Edelman (who doesn’t need extra work) and making a move.

Whalen is a move they made.

The slight and baby-faced Whalen indicated he had fielded some punts in practice, saying it went, “Fine.” Punt returns are something he’s done “since I was a kid.”

His first impression of the team was, "A lot of what I expected to see. A lot of detail. A lot of effort in practice. Good coaching all-around. I am excited to be here. I was excited to come into a good team that I’d gone against a few times. Hopefully come in and help out the team with whatever I can.”

I asked Whalen if he saw much of the commentary or creativity last year’s failed play spawned.

“I wasn’t paying too much attention,” he said. “When it’s during the season guys are pretty locked in on what they’re doing inside the building. But I heard more about it later on afterwards.”

Asked if he’d heard anything about the play since being here, Whalen replied, “I haven’t. Kinda was [expecting it].”

The Patriots will be hoping Whalen remains as productive for them on fourth down this year as he was in 2015.