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Dungy unfair, Jets' Ryan retorts

NY coach calls analyst to talk on cursing issue
2010-08-19T00:00:00Z 2010-08-19T06:30:13Z Dungy unfair, Jets' Ryan retorts Arizona Daily Star
August 19, 2010 12:00 am

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Rex Ryan wants Tony Dungy to know he's more than just a foul-mouthed coach.

Dungy criticized the Jets coach this week for his Rex-pletive-filled appearance on the premiere episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks."

"The thing is, I've been a big admirer of Tony Dungy, and I'm sure a lot of people are," Ryan said Wednesday. "I felt that he unfairly judged me, and that was disappointing to me."

Dungy, a devout Christian, told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Monday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should talk to Ryan about his excessive cursing because, "I just don't think the league needs that." Dungy, who won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis, is an NFL analyst for NBC.

Ryan said he called Dungy and left a message that included his telephone number, and anticipated hearing back from him.

"I've invited him to come to camp or any time to spend the day with me and the organization," Ryan said. "I think maybe he'll have a different take on it."

Ryan said last week he cared that he disappointed his mother but apologized if he offended "more people than I usually offend."

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said there is no chat planned between Goodell and Ryan.

Ryan was asked if he was surprised Dungy suggested that the commissioner get involved.

"I think I was more surprised that he judged me," Ryan said.

Ryan was criticized by some fans and media for what they thought was an excessive use of profanity during the show, which airs Wednesdays. The five-part "Hard Knocks" series chronicles the team through training camp.

Favre: One more try

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.- The lure of playing in another Super Bowl brought Brett Favre back to the NFL - again.

Favre joined his Vikings teammates at practice Wednesday, and reflected on how close the Vikings came to reaching the Super Bowl last season.

"I owe it to this organization to give it one more try," the quarterback said.

Extra points

• With seats in their new $1.6 billion stadium still available, the Giants are selling roughly 1,400 individual tickets for each of their eight regular-season games. Roughly 5,100 of the 11,200 total tickets available were sold Wednesday, spokesman Pat Hanlon said.

• Bills starting safety Jairus Byrd is out indefinitely and could miss the season opener after having surgery for the third time in 13 months to repair a groin injury.

• Eli Manning is going to miss the Giants' game against the Steelers on Saturday. Coach Tom Coughlin announced the decision after a scarred Manning did not practice on Wednesday because of stitches in his forehead. Backup QB Jim Sorgi also didn't practice because of injuries.

• The Seahawks traded defensive end and former first-round pick Lawrence Jackson to the Lions on Wednesday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2011.

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