Games against the Patriots are always a big, BIG deal for the Jets. So, with the Pats headed to New Jersey on Sunday, Rex Ryan -- according to newly signed kick returner Josh Cribbs -- said this to his players:
"He was like, 'Rest your legs, you go home, don't do nothing for your wife.' Say, 'Baby, next week. I'm going to take out the trash next week. I'll take the kids to practice next week because I got to rest for this game.' I'm going to tell him to put it on paper so when I give it to my wife I'm like, 'Hey, Rex said that I don't have to take out the trash.' He might get a call from my wife."
Well, some New York reporters interpreted that as Ryan instructing his players to, ah, abstain from conjugal activities.
"You all are silly," Cribbs said.
Maybe so, but word spread that Ryan had issued a no-sex edict to the Jets. And it got to the point that Ryan had to publicly deny he had ordered his players not to sleep with their wives . . . or whoever.
Now THAT would have been a big deal.