While many people loved the first episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” with the New York Jets, former Colts’ head coach Tony Dungy wasn’t a fan – particularly of Rex Ryan’s profanity.
Dungy appeared on Dan Patrick’s radio show yesterday and when asked about the episode, the former head coach went as far as to say that he wouldn’t hire Ryan due to Rex’s penchant for curse words.
From Larry Brown Sports:
I’m disappointed with all the profanity,” Dungy said. “I think Rex can make his points without all that.”
I would not [hire Ryan]. I personally don’t want my players to be around that. I don’t want to be around that. . . . It’s hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn’t hire someone like that. Now, I’ve been around ‘F’ bombs, so it’s not like it’s new. I just don’t think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across.”
Dungy even went on to say that he thinks NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should give Rex Ryan a call to tell him to knock it off.
I would hope that he does,” Dungy said of the possibility of Goodell getting involved. “I don’t know that he will or not but I hope that he does because I just don’t think the league needs that. I don’t think our young people need to hear that that’s what’s done to be successful. Because it doesn’t have to be that way.”
Granted, Dungy is only sharing his opinion and it’s his preference whether he wants to be around profanity or not. Some people couldn’t care less about a couple of curse words, while others are bothered by them.
That said, I would think that the league has more pressing issues to worry about then the amount of F-bombs that Ryan drops on a HBO program. From domestic violence, to dog fighting to players getting arrested for possession of prescription cough syrup, Goodell has bigger things on his plate then policing what comes out of Ryan’s mouth.
And let’s hope that Dungy wouldn’t avoid hiring a good football mind just to avoid profanity, because if that’s the case then he could have a hard time filling a head coach position.