Cindy Boren of the Washington Post posted a video on her "The Early Lead" blog late this morning containing a clip of the up coming "Hard Knocks" episode on HBO. The clip shows New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan calling out Redskins' cornerback, DeAngelo Hall.
Ryan tells Hall "you ain't gonna tackle nobody" and "that's why my brother got rid of your [bleep]." Ryan was referring to his brother, Rob Ryan, who coached Hall for the first eight games of the 2008 season while the Defensive Coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders released Hall because he "failed to adapt to the Raiders man-to-man style of defense."
The fact that Ryan called Hall out is not a huge surprise as coaches and players have had altercations in the past. I'm sure we all remember Atlanta Falcons Coach, Mike Smith, getting in Hall's face during an altercation during the Redskins-Falcons game last November, or when then Packers Coach, Mike Sherman, exchanged words with then Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, Warren Sapp, after a Buccaneers-Packers game late in the 2002 season.
However, what caught my eye about this particular incident is that it happened in the pre-season. Smith's incident with Hall took place during the regular season and occured during a scrum between both team's after a late by Redskins safety LaRon Landry, while Sherman and Sapp exchanged words because Sherman took exception to Sapp's blindside block on the Packers' Chad Clifton after a Buccaneers interception. The block knocked Clifton out of the game and eventually out for the remainder of the '02 season.
But, what prompted Ryan to call out Hall during a preseason game? My guess is Hall was exchanging words with a Jets offensive player and probably sad something to the tune of "I'm going to get you", or "watch out cause I'm coming."
Some of it, also, is Ryan's ultra-competative nature. He wants the Jets to win every game they play in, including preseason, and wants them to play with that "baddest man on the planet" attitude at all times.
How well that will serve the Jets this season remains to be seen. But, one thing the rest of the league can count on is Ryan has no problem getting right in the middle of the battle.
Even if it is only preseason.