Jets' Saleh on Ryan criticism: 'He knows where to find me'

The current Jets coach was ripped Monday morning on ESPN Radio by Ryan, who led the team from 2009-14, for New York's 2-7 start punctuated by embarrassing showings on defense. Ryan, now an analyst for ESPN, said he also takes it personal some have likened the energetic Saleh to him “but without the bad part.”

Associated Press

Nov 16, 2021, 3:43 PM

Updated 940 days ago

Share:

Jets' Saleh on Ryan criticism: 'He knows where to find me'
Robert Saleh is hearing plenty of criticism these days - from the fans, media and now, the always boisterous Rex Ryan.
The current Jets coach was ripped Monday morning on ESPN Radio by Ryan, who led the team from 2009-14, for New York's 2-7 start punctuated by embarrassing showings on defense. Ryan, now an analyst for ESPN, said he also takes it personal some have likened the energetic Saleh to him “but without the bad part.”
When asked about Ryan's comments a few hours later during his weekly appearance on ESPN Radio, Saleh didn't back down.
“I’ve never met Rex,” Saleh said on “The Michael Kay Show.” "I’ve never had a conversation with Rex. I don’t even know him, except for people who know him throughout the league. Obviously, if it’s that personal for him, he knows where to find me.”
Ding! Ding!
It all started when Ryan went on a rant during the “DiPietro & Rothenberg Show" while talking about the Jets' start - and how Saleh's defense has been dreadful.
The Jets have allowed 175 points in their past four games, and are the first NFL team to give up at least 45 points three times in a four-game span since the Giants in 1966, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
“This guy is supposed to be a defensive guru,” Ryan said, referring to Saleh's past jobs as a defensive coordinator. “I take it personal. Everything I heard was this guy is a lot like myself, but without the bad part. Some of the bad part you need, because this team doesn’t want to play with any damn heart. That’s the thing that is disappointing to me.
“Don’t ever compare this Robert Saleh guy to me."
Ryan's defenses with the Jets never ranked lower than 11th in total yards allowed in his six seasons, when he went 46-50. The defense led by Saleh and coordinator Jeff Ulbrich currently ranks 32nd - last in the NFL. Ryan also said the defenses in San Francisco under Saleh were a top-caliber unit only once, and otherwise were last in the NFC West.
“They are going to be dead last again, so he’s going to be used to that,” Ryan said. "To me, I am little pissed off about it when I heard his background is a lot like yours. No it isn’t. No it isn’t.”
Meanwhile, Saleh's brother David added to the showdown by taking a swipe on Twitter at Ryan, who led the Jets to the AFC championship game during the 2009 and ‘10 seasons. That's also the most recent time New York has made the postseason.
“Rex Ryan took over a good (Eric) Mangini roster,” David Saleh tweeted. “Won with it the 1st 2 years and lost with his own roster every year after. The only person making comparisons is you in an effort to stay relevant. Stick to podiatry and eating cheese burgers clown!”
The last comment was a reference to a few headline-making incidents during Ryan's tenure with the Jets. Robert Saleh kept it less personal during his radio spot when he was asked if he was taken aback by what Ryan said.
“Nah, I’m not surprised by him," the Jets coach said. "He’s always got something to say.”


More from News 12
2:10
STORM WATCH: Scattered showers and storms for Friday afternoon in the Hudson Valley

STORM WATCH: Scattered showers and storms for Friday afternoon in the Hudson Valley

2:14
Mount Vernon police respond to shooting on First Avenue and Third Street

Mount Vernon police respond to shooting on First Avenue and Third Street

Traffic alert: Route 22 reopens in Town of Dover following road closure caused by vehicle crash

Traffic alert: Route 22 reopens in Town of Dover following road closure caused by vehicle crash

1:17
East Fishkill police: Garbage truck collides with car on Route 52

East Fishkill police: Garbage truck collides with car on Route 52

0:51
Manhattan DA: NYPD deputy inspector from Rockland indicted for covering up drunk driving incident

Manhattan DA: NYPD deputy inspector from Rockland indicted for covering up drunk driving incident

1:19
Vietnam and Korean wars veterans honored at Rockland County dinner

Vietnam and Korean wars veterans honored at Rockland County dinner

1:40
Teen driver avoids jail time for 2022 crash that killed a Yonkers police officer

Teen driver avoids jail time for 2022 crash that killed a Yonkers police officer

0:27
State police: Missing woman whose remains were found in Putnam was a victim of homicide

State police: Missing woman whose remains were found in Putnam was a victim of homicide

1:14
City of Newburgh remains offline for 3rd day after cybersecurity attack

City of Newburgh remains offline for 3rd day after cybersecurity attack

1:46
Parents: Suffern High School students suspended, banned from prom after livestock senior prank

Parents: Suffern High School students suspended, banned from prom after livestock senior prank

1:51
John Oliver delivers kitchen equipment to cake bear makers as next LWT episode nears

John Oliver delivers kitchen equipment to cake bear makers as next LWT episode nears

0:48
Gov. Hochul's pause on Congestion Pricing Plan could face legal pushback

Gov. Hochul's pause on Congestion Pricing Plan could face legal pushback

0:35
Wake held for 13-year-old killed in Harrison accident

Wake held for 13-year-old killed in Harrison accident

1:50
Get Buzzed: Discover the sweet work of honeybees at West Maple Farm in Monsey

Get Buzzed: Discover the sweet work of honeybees at West Maple Farm in Monsey

1:02
Rockland man celebrates Father's Day after surviving deadly abdominal aortic aneurysm

Rockland man celebrates Father's Day after surviving deadly abdominal aortic aneurysm

News 12 Book Club

News 12 Book Club

3:36
 The East End: Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue

The East End: Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue

1:36
Toddler from New Square expected to recover after being hit by van

Toddler from New Square expected to recover after being hit by van

0:59
Bear sightings increase across the Hudson Valley

Bear sightings increase across the Hudson Valley

0:47
Elmsford hotel employees file lawsuit against management alleging criminal activity

Elmsford hotel employees file lawsuit against management alleging criminal activity