Rex Ryan just can't let it go.
The former Jets coach jumped on WFAN radio Saturday to again voice his frustration with comments made by Jace Amaro. Rather than take the high road or ignore the topic altogether, Ryan reiterated that his former tight end was dead wrong about the lack of accountability on the 2014 Jets.
Ryan fired back at Amaro in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, saying the young pass-catcher was "full of [---- ], and I'll remind him of that when we play him." And when Amaro's words were brought up again on WFAN, Ryan couldn't resist taking another shot.
"It's not the truth. And that's the thing that I was saying. It's absolutely not the truth," Ryan said Saturday. "That kid's a little, you know, he's gonna get -- we'll see what happens. I just know it's not the truth, and for him or anybody else to pop off like that, I think it's absolutely a joke.
"Now, look, if [veteran] David Harris would have said something or D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or something, I'd be hurt by it. I would be absolutely devastated by it," Ryan added. "But a kid like that? Nah. I know him, and that doesn't bother me one bit."
Ryan spent six seasons as the Jets coach, but was fired on Dec. 29 -- along with former general manager John Idzik -- after the team finished 4-12. A few weeks later, owner Woody Johnson hired former Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles as Ryan's successor. Ryan was hired by the Buffalo Bills.
During a SiriusXM NFL radio interview earlier this month, Amaro said of Bowles: "He came in telling us that he expects to win. He's not really playing around with everybody being late. We had an issue with that last year. I think guys just weren't accountable last year as much they could be."
And those comments struck such a nerve in Ryan, the former Jets coach can't let them go.
"I think the kid's got some talent," he said of Amaro, who caught 38 passes for 345 yards as a rookie last year. "But, you know, I'm just going to leave it at that. I just know one thing: He totally misspoke. And you talk about accountable, he's going to be accountable when we go to play him. He is going to be accountable for his comments."