It's a rarity that New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan are lumped together — after all, the two could not possibly have more drastic differences in personality. However, like many of us, family always comes first for the New York head coaches, and that's why Coughlin was quick to come to Ryan's defense during a four-part NFL Network special called "Coach Speak" when Ryan was ask about leaving the Jets during final cuts last summer.
"If that's all you have to write about, then you have to think about your job," Coughlin said.
After leaving the team to watch his son's first game at Clemson, New York beat writers and other National media members were quick to lash out at Ryan and question his commitment to the team. It was a story that lingered for quite some time, but a decision Ryan does not regret and won't shy away from.
"It was the first college game. It's something that I'd do a zillion times over again," Ryan said. "What's great is that I think there were five other coaches that did the same thing, I'm the only one they singled out for some reason. … But you know what, they can write it next year, too. If I get that opportunity, I'll go again."
In addition to Coughlin defending Ryan, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke up, saying "That's a joke right there. That's comical. That just shows you how ignorant whoever wrote that is."
In his first year as an NFL head coach, Ryan opted to skip the birth of his son Seth, but has long since regretted it. As such, when Seth walked on at Clemson and played his first game at wide receiver, Ryan decided he wasn't going to make the same mistake. Unfortunately, that's grounds for attack in the New York media and they were relentless.
Thankfully, Ryan has now received some support from his peers for a choice nearly every single one of us would have made if we were in the same position — including the very same beat writers who criticized Ryan for it.
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