Rex Ryan did the unthinkable. He defended this week's opposing coach to media criticism.
Hearing that Coach Bill Belichick was under withering attack for playing Rob Gronkowski in garbage minutes. When a star player is seriously injured during a game in the bag, the coach may find his marbles being counted.
In this case, the motto In Bill We Trust came due-and the Boston press claimed the check bounced, and then the bill came back, marked "Insufficient Funds."
Rex Ryan called the sound and fury "ridiculous." A man facing his own shortage of funds, Rex knows that media is a coin with two sides, both tails.
Belichick has been resoundingly attacked for breaking the forearm of his star Gronk, the most popular player in Boston nowadays.
The fury has been so deafening that Belichick actually offered more than two sentences in response. He told radio audiences that you cannot protect some players and not others. It sends the wrong message about whom you care about.
Blistering criticism has dogged Ryan all season over his quarterback controversy. He too has lost key players to fluke injuries. It is a condition coaches are used to facing-like finding they have brittle bones in their head.
Belichick quickly was apprised of Ryan's kind defense and reminded press hacks that the two men have a long history of football pedigrees. Bill worked with Rex's brother for four years and knew Rex's father Buddy for thirty years.
Next time fraternity brothers are playing against each other, we should remember that it's a game, not Israel facing Gaza.