NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rex Ryan wants his New York Jets players to hold out on their significant others.
And no, the coach wasn’t talking about sex, no matter what rookie Sheldon Richardson thinks.
Newly signed playmaker Josh Cribbs sparked the weirdness in Florham Park on Wednesday when explaining just how fired up Ryan was for this week’s matchup with the rival New England Patriots.
“I saw it in his eyes in the team meeting,” Cribbs said. “He really wants this game. It’s equivalent to a Cleveland-Pittsburgh game. He was like, ‘Rest your legs and go home. Don’t do anything for your wife. Say, ‘Baby, next week. I’m going to do it next week. I’m going to take out the trash next week. I’ll take the kids to practice next week. But I’ve got to rest for this game.’
“I’m going to tell him to put it on paper, so when I give it to my wife, I can be like, ‘Hey, Rex said that I don’t have to take out the trash.’ So he might get a call from my wife.”
When asked if he was “talking about something else,” Cribbs replied: “You guys are sick.”
But Richardson took a different view of Ryan’s message. He told the New York Daily News that the bombastic coach was “(m)ost definitely” alluding to sex.
Ryan went into no-huddle mode and quickly squashed that notion, hustling over to the press room to clarify that he most definitely didn’t can coitus for his players.
“I did not tell our players that they couldn’t have sex,” Ryan said. “I did not say that.”
Players, however, didn’t think the edict would fly with their significant others.
“You think that works? Please.” said center Nick Mangold.
“No, no, I still gotta do those duties,” added cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Some Jets fans told CBS 2’s Alice Gainer they are willing to pitch in around the players’ homes if it means a win against the hated Patriots.
“Yes, just for Sunday,” said Tracey Blank. ” … They have to win.”
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