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Here I Stand

January 7, 2011 by USA Post 

Here I Stand, (AP) – Rex Ryan said he told the truth, and people can believe or not. That includes his former boss, Brian Billick.The New York Jets reiterated Friday that the coach knew nothing about the wall Players who have been trained on the marginalize Sunday against Miami, during which an assistant coach fired Dolphins player.

“Facts are facts,” Ryan said. “I did not know, so it’s easy to stand here and tell you that. I’m not a guy who lies about anything. I’m just telling the truth. If people are surprised, it surprises people “.

Ryan also responded to comments made by Billick, whom he coached in Baltimore. Billick told ESPN Radio “of course Rex knew about it.”

“I wish he asked me,” Ryan said. “I told him the truth. I think he made an assumption there. But he is wrong. ”

Some media and fans have speculated that Ryan and other coaches must have been the strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosa stick ordered five inactive players together almost shoulder to shoulder on the sideline in New York lost 10-6 to Miami. Tight end Jeff Cumberland, one of the inactive players, said Alosa told them to do in any season.

Alosa was suspended without pay for the season and fined 25,000 for the trip from Miami Nolan Carroll, before being suspended indefinitely by the team after acknowledging that he ordered the players to form a human wall in a back punt in which he stumbled Carroll.

“I did not know what was happening,” Ryan said, echoing his comments from earlier in the week. “It’s easy for me to stand here and tell you.”

Double from Ryan, Rob, defensive coordinator in Cleveland, defended his brother.

“I know the head coach there very well,” he said. “He was upset. Believe me, Rex would not do that. He loves the game and loves competition. This was a serious mistake, a misjudgment. ”

On Wednesday, general manager Mike Tannenbaum said he met Ray Anderson, NFL vice president of football operations, at a meeting of owners in Dallas and the league supported the Jets’ decision to increase the suspension of Alosa. Tannenbaum did not exclude the possibility that Alosa be fired, saying it would be fixed soon.

Ryan said he, Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson met on the situation, but I wanted to keep what has been discussed privately.

The NFL is also investigating the issue, but the team would neither confirm nor deny that the league was at the plant Friday. League spokesman Greg Aiello said the NFL had no comment.

Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff has also denied knowing about the technique from the wall or Alosa order to do so, calling it “ridiculous.” He also said Wednesday that other teams do the same thing, including the New England Patriots.

“I do not blame the Patriots doing something wrong,” Westhoff said. “Maybe they do something intelligent. It is for you. Look at the tape, you tell me.”

Ryan refused to consider whether other teams had similar training in their margin.

“I’m not going to talk about another team or anyone else,” he said. “I’m just saying that for us, I did not know we did. We discovered that actually took place. We were at the front about this when we learned about this, and it was a mistake. ”

In the wake of the incident, the NFL sent a letter to all 32 teams on Thursday to remember the rules and restrictions for the bench area and margin.

“Our team will be the way home, Ryan said.” I think it’s pretty safe to say that we will be leaders in this. ”

Anderson outlined the responsibilities of each team to appoint a coach get-back “to ensure that players, coaches and other staff comply with league rules.

The “get-back coach” must be aware of all restrictions touchline and is responsible for ensuring that the team and staff are in compliance. Anderson added, “Violations could be on your team and / or individuals from both in-game penalties and other disciplinary actions. Gross violations after two warnings could result in a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.”

He said that the league might impose fines and suspensions as well.

AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner in New York and AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio, contributed to this report.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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