Rex Ryan on Amari Cooper: 'I Wouldn't Have Paid This Turd'

Kyle Koster
Rex Ryan is not an Amari Cooper fan.
Rex Ryan is not an Amari Cooper fan. / Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
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Rex Ryan is full of hiss and vinegar this morning. During a Get Up discussion on Amari Cooper, the former New York Jets coach and bold-opinion-haver let it be known that he is not a fan of the wide receiver. After agreeing with sparring partner Dan Orlovsky that Cooper's inability to get himself back on the field for the Cowboys' ill-fated fourth down suggests he doesn't love football, Ryan really let loose.

"To me, this is the biggest disappearing act in the National Football League," he said. "He doesn't show up on the road ... when he's against the top corners, that guy disappears."

Dallas gave Cooper a five-year, $100 million deal last month, continuing their tradition of giving big money to everyone not named Dak Prescott.

Ryan is not a fan of the financial decision.

"I wouldn't have paid this turd," he said.

No one has ever accused ol' Rex Ryan of being coy and guarded with his opinions, so this isn't a total surprise.

Not making a value judgement on the content of the analysis here, but "turd" truly is a funny word. People should use it more -- though perhaps not in the name-calling way.

UPDATE: Ryan apologized a few hours later while on SportsCenter.

"“I can’t believe I said that, used that word,” Ryan said on SportsCenter a few hours after he initially made the comment. “Obviously it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari. Anybody who knows me — look, quite honestly, I think the world of every player and have a great deal of respect for every single player in the National Football League, including Amari Cooper. With that being said, I think the Cowboys overspent for Amari Cooper. The reason for it is, I don’t doubt that this is an elite player. He has those traits. But an elite player to me shows up on the road, he shows up against great corners, and he shows up in crunch time, and those are three things that Amari Cooper has not done so far in his career. In fact, I think he’s won one playoff game as a player. And all of those things are how I feel about this young man as a receiver. But what I added at the end of that, I want to apologize to Amari again and hope he accepts my apology.”"

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