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Unlike in his book, Rex not touching Rhodes topic

Former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes grins as he

Former Jets safety Kerry Rhodes grins as he is introduced to the media after the Cardinals acquired him. (Mar. 8, 2010) Credit: AP

This time, Rex Ryan chose to keep quiet.

The Jets coach had no problems calling his former safety Kerry Rhodes a diva, but in the lead-up to Sunday’s game against Arizona, Ryan wouldn’t touch the topic.

“That’s in the past. I’m not going to get into it,” he said, when asked why he openly criticized

Ryan is known best for defending his players – almost to a fault. But after Rhodes was traded to the Cardinals in March of 2010, the Jets coach had no problems ripping his ex-player in his book “Play Like You Mean It: Passion, Laughs and Leadership in the World’s Most Beautiful Game.”

“He was a selfish-ass guy,” Ryan wrote. “He wouldn’t work and he was a Hollywood- type.”

Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, however, had a different take of Rhodes.

“Kerry’s doing a good job for us,” he said of the safety, who has 166 tackles, six interceptions, four sacks and two fumbles returned for touchdowns in almost three seasons with the Cardinals. “He’s been a good starter, has made a number of plays for us. He’s had a couple of injuries, but nothing that over the last two years that kept him out, but he’s played well for us.

“Kerry’s worked very well for us. He’s worked very hard for us and he’s done a good job.”

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