Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, known for his carefree and gregarious attitude, had some harsh words for Jets coach Rex Ryan and his high-profile antics.
When speaking with KTBS TV, Bradshaw said he looks as Ryan’s overspilling boastfulness as a cowardly move. “He doesn’t even play, so it’s easy for him to shoot his mouth off,” Bradshaw said according to ESPNNewYork.com. “He doesn’t make a tackle. He doesn’t run a ball. He doesn’t make a catch or throw a ball. He just sits over there. Unfortunately, I don’t think his players are quite as strong-minded as he is.”
The 4-time Super Bowl champion hasn’t been the only one to criticize Ryan’s unique coaching style this offseason. Tony Dungy called out the second-year coach after watching him excessively use profanity during a team meeting in an episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks. Earlier this week, Dallas great Darren Woodson said he believes the Jets D owes most of their to success to Darelle Revis, and will be “half the team defense” without him.
Bradshaw, who is currently an analyst on FOX NFL Sunday, added that he’s underwhelmed with QB Mark Sanchez’s skill set and that Ryan’s coaching style will only stump the young QB’s development.
“He’s putting a lot of pressure on his young quarterback,” Bradshaw said of Ryan. “If they can’t run the ball, they’re going to have to throw it, and they can’t pass protect.
Bradshaw concluded by predicting the Jets would struggle in 2010 and that Ryan would “shut up real quick”. ” You know what? I don’t like guys like that, OK?” he added.
Bradshaw played 13 seasons with the Steelers and ended his career being named Super Bowl MVP twice (1979, 1980), NFL MVP (1978), making 2 All-Pro teams (1978, 1979), and 3 Pro Bowls (1975, 1978, 1979).