New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan gets grilled every day with question after question, so during his press conference on Friday he decided to turn the tables on reporters and ask them for news about the Jets. This led to some hilarious exchanges.
“Let’s just pick anybody — oh, Rich Cimini! You’re going to answer some questions,” Ryan said playfully, referring to the longtime Jets beat writer, who is now in his 26th year covering the team.
Ryan then took a seat in the crowd and began firing off his own tough questions.
“You want to start with the injuries?” he asked with a smile.
Without missing a beat, Cimini delivered a line straight from the Rex Ryan media handbook: “I don’t want to get into too much depth. We’re leaning on the doctors and trainers. Check with [public relations director] Bruce [Speight] later.”
Ryan later explained his reasoning for deciding to play the role of a journalist.
‘When you sit in here, it’s like, guys, how many times are you going to ask me a question about a quarterback thing, which clearly I don’t want to answer?” Ryan said with a smile. “… I know you guys gotta pick on me, and sometimes I’ll slip, I’ll make a mistake and then you guys pounce all over it. I leave the door wide open and you guys hit it.”
This is a pretty fantastic thing for Ryan to do. It was clearly done in a good-natured manner and it put the reporters, so used to hounding others, in the hot seat.
— Brian Lewis (@NYPost_Lewis) August 9, 2014
Ryan would ask Cimini what it’s like to be a beat reporter. After his stunt Saturday, Ryan at least has a basic idea.