IRVING, Texas — Sorry, Norv Turner. You got caught in the crossfire of the Ryan family rivalry.
That’s how Rob Ryan perceived twin brother Rex’s comments that sparked a little coast-to-coast back-and-forth between the head coaches of the Jets and Chargers.
Rex Ryan answered a question from San Diego reporters on a conference call by saying he thought he’d have a “couple of rings” if the Chargers had hired him when he interviewed for the job. Turner retorted by wondering whether he Ryan “had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years.”
All of which was pretty entertaining for the man who loves taunting Rex about rings. Rob owns a couple of Super Bowl rings from his tenure as the Patriots’ linebackers coach, while Rex earned one as the Ravens’ defensive coordinator.
“Let me tell you something, that whole comment there is about multiplicity,” Rob Ryan said. “When it comes down to it, it’s multiplicity. Rex is constantly using that multiple ring thing, multiple ring this, multiple ring that, multiple ring this.
“The simple fact is it had nothing to do with Norv Turner and I coached with Norv. Norv is a great coach and a good man. He’s done obviously a great job in San Diego. The multiplicity thing is really ring envy. It’s ring envy. His twin brother has two rings, his dad [Buddy] has three rings, he only has one, so you can see the multiplicity thing. It’s all, I want multiple rings.
“He doesn’t even know what he’s talking about. He only has one ring. It’s hard to say, and the whole thing is, it’s embarrassing, because it’s all about the family, it’s a sibling rivalry and Norv got in the way of a sibling rivalry.”