Shame on you, Orioles. At least that's how Rex Ryan feels.
The Jets coach believes the Major League ballclub should, and could, have done more to ensure the Super Bowl champion Ravens opened up the regular-season at home.
“I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares? You’ve got 81 of those things at home,” Ryan said on a Thursday night conference call with reporters to discuss the NFL schedule release.
“Maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and only 80 at home. I really don’t think people are going to care about that game. You have a chance to have the defending world champs open up the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that’s unfortunate.”
The Ravens are opening the season at Denver because the Orioles are playing a four-game series at Camden Yards against the White Sox, starting Sept. 5. The NFL and Major League Baseball tried to come up with a solution that would've allowed the Super Bowl champs to open the season at home – a customary practice in the NFL – but an agreement couldn't be reached.
That, of course, doesn’t sit well with Ryan, who spent 10 years as an assistant in Baltimore. The Jets coach said the Ravens “earned the right” to be playing in front of their home fans.
“Look, if baseball only had a 16-game schedule maybe you might understand it,” he said. “But when they have 162-games, I think it’s common courtesy -- you might just say, ‘You know what? I’ll play this game on the road’ or whatever.”