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.

Blakely's five throughts from the Green and White Scrimmage

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Blakely's five throughts from the Green and White Scrimmage

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BOSTON – As has been customary with the Celtics in recent years, their open practice on Friday night featured a pair of 10-minute scrimmages pitting the “Green” team of starters against the “White” team of reserves.
 
The White team, which apparently has been kicking the Green team’s butt for a good chunk of camp, emerged with a 33-26 win. And the Green team had to rally to win the second scrimmage, 24-18.

Similar to summer league, you can’t read too much into what happened and what didn’t happen on Friday night.
 
That said, there were a number of clear and undeniable positives for the Celtics to take from the game and hopefully build upon them going forward.
 
 
5. Al Horford's leadership established
 
The first player’s voice that the 6,000-plus fans at the TD Garden heard from was Al Horford and don’t think for a minute that was just happenstance.
 
For all the scoring and rebounding and defending that the Celtics will look for Horford to do, it is his ability to lead this team that separates him from most of his NBA brethren.
 
The fact that he’s a four-time All-Star speaks to what he has done in this league as a player. But even more telling is that was the fact that he’s been to the playoffs every year he has been in the NBA. And during that span of nine years, he has been pivotal in leading Atlanta beyond the first round – a primary goal for him and the Celtics this season – five times.
 
 
4. Celtics defense could be an elite unit this season
 
The Celtics were a top-10 defensive team last season, and have every reason to believe that they’ll be even better now. Boston has a trio of Pit Bull-like defenders on the perimeter in Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and All-NBA first team defender Avery Bradley. Throw in Jae Crowder’s defensive versatility at the wing along with a pair of upper echelon rim-protectors in Amir Johnson and Al Horford and the Celtics no longer are a team that can put a couple good defenders on the floor at one time. They actually have the depth now to go with a ‘Big’ all-defensive team or a ‘small ball’ all-defensive team which provides the kind of versatility that should result in Boston being a top-3 defensive team this season.
 
 
3. Marcus Smart poised for breakout season
 
Smart seemed about as comfortable as we’ve seen him on Friday, showcasing his range as a shooter while still being able to get after it defensively. Based on what he has done in terms of improving his game, Smart seems more likely to play off the ball than on it. With his size, strength, athleticism and ability to defend multiple positions that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If Boston does indeed have one of those magical-type seasons, Smart is a player that has the potential to help significantly. He understands the Celtics’ system inside and out, and is doing what young players on the rise should do – show growth as a player.
 
 
2. James Young playing best basketball at right time
 
These are some pretty stressful times for James Young, but you wouldn’t know it by the extremely cool demeanor he has exuded. Although it has only been a few short days of training camp, James Young has stepped up his game knowing anything less than his best could result in him being waived and potentially on his way out of the NBA. During the first Green-White scrimmage on Friday night, Danny Ainge said there were five guys essentially fighting for two roster spots. He didn’t single out Young specifically, but it’s no secret that the 21-year-old who is heading into third NBA season is among the players in that group. To Young's credit, he's doing a lot of those little things such as playing solid defense, getting deflections and making "hockey assists" to show he belongs in the NBA and more significantly, should remain a Celtic. 
  
1. Terry Rozier's tremendous strides
 
Rozier was the star of the two scrimmages the Celtics put on in front of about 6,000 people at the TD Garden Friday night. He scored, got assists, rebounded … he did it all. What impressed me the most about him was his defense on Isaiah Thomas. Rozier loves Thomas and respects the hell out of him. But Rozier  has made no secret about wanting to get more playing time this year, and is out to snatch some of the minutes from anyone ahead of him, Thomas included. We saw the tenacious potential Rozier has as an on-the-ball defender, but he seems to have taken that up a notch from his rookie season. And the confidence he has in his shot-making is undeniable. We saw that in summer league and it’s good to see that he brought it with him into training camp. Ditto for his decision-making and leading of the team at the point which are also areas in which he has improved but still needs to continue to get better at on a more consistent basis. There’s no doubt at this point Rozier will play this season and likely get a lion’s share of the minutes vacated by Evan Turner’s departure to Portland.