Rex Ryan weighs in on Ravens schedule conflict

Rex Ryan weighs in on Ravens schedule conflict
April 19, 2013, 2:15 am

Another country heard from, as the old saying goes.

On the occasion of the release of the NFL schedule, which the league has cleverly turned into an event, Jets coach Rex Ryan used part of his time before the media to express his displeasure that the Super Bowl champion Ravens weren’t opening the season at home and that the Orioles had not stepped aside to make it happen.

"I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares?" Ryan said. "You've got 81 of them things at home and maybe you could've done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and 80 at home. I really don't think people are going to care about that game.

"You have a chance to have the defending world champs open the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that's unfortunate."

(We covered this topic earlier and feel the Orioles were well within their rights and totally justified not to put themselves at a possible competitive disadvantage in what might be a race for the postseason. The NFL could have changed days.)

Ryan, of course, spent 10 seasons as a member of the Ravens coaching staff, so he knows all about the Orioles. He doesn’t seem to get the idea of changing a baseball schedule, though.

"If baseball had a 16-game schedule, you might understand it,” he said. “But when they have 162 games, I think you might just, out of common courtesy, say, 'You know what, maybe I'll play this one on the road or whatever.' "