Foot-fetish connoisseur Rex Ryan isn’t a fan of kickers.
The former Jets coach-turned-ESPN talking head, desperate for a new NFL gig, ripped Cody Parkey for the double-doink heard around the world.
“My thoughts are: You got one job to do. It comes down to one play,” Ryan said on Monday’s “Get Up.” Coaches will always be like, ‘Well, it’s not just that one play.’ Yes it is! You’ve got a job to do. You gotta make that kick. And the fact you didn’t. Like, I don’t feel sorry for him.”
Parkey of course became enemy No. 1 in the Windy City after his dying seconds field goal attempt rang of the goal posts Sunday, allowing the Eagles to cling onto a 16-15 NFC wild card win over the Bears.
The failed try was later discovered to be tipped by Philly defensive back Treyvon Hester, but Ryan apparently couldn’t care less.
“A lot of people: ‘Oh, I feel sorry for that kid?’ Really?! How about feeling sorry for his teammates? And everybody else, the fanbase and everybody else he let down? I’m sorry, this guy doesn’t prepare. They don’t do meetings. They don’t do anything. You make a kick. And in that situation, you gotta sit back. That’s why you’re a professional. It’s like a golfer missing a four-foot putt. If you’re a pro, you make it. And that’s what this kid’s gotta do. I don’t feel sorry for him.”
Well, it’s been two years since Ryan last worked alongside an NFL kicker, so perhaps things have changed.
Ryan, 56, is eager to become a head coach again, though there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for him. He last was in charge of the Bills, which yielded two seasons sans playoff berths.
He even threw out the idea, half-jokingly it seemed, of returning to One Jets Drive.
“I think I should be the head coach of the Jets again,” Ryan said, before saying Ravens coach John Harbaugh would be a better fit. “That’s the truth.”
It certainly seems so, but words of advice: don’t bet on either leading the Gang next season.