Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 for flipping off a Dolphins fan at an MMA event in south Florida the week before last season's Super Bowl, but the Jets' colorful head coach will be facing no such sanctions as a result of his potty-mouth speeches to his team on last week's first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series.
Not only that, but Ryan won't be getting a call from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about his frequent use of what's best described as a shortened version of the word "firetruck."
Ryan's liberal use of expletives in team meetings with his players has drawn plenty of reaction since the episode originally aired Wednesday night. In fact, former Colts and Bucs coach Tony Dungy suggested this morning on the Dan Patrick Radio Show that he wouldn't hire Ryan because of the way he carries himself in front of his players.
And Ryan's own mother chastised her boy for using such colorful language, prompting the second-year head coach to apologize to anyone who might have been offended.
But Ryan won't be chided by the most important voice in the league.
When we asked the NFL's executive vice president of communications, Greg Aiello, if Goodell would address Ryan, Aiello replied: "No, it's not necessary. His mother has taken care of it."
On this point, we agree there's no need for Goodell to intercede. After all, the entire purpose of "Hard Knocks" is to show what really goes on behind the scenes in an NFL training camp. And if anyone thinks for one second that the overwhelming majority of coaches doesn't throw around some F-bombs, he's misguided.
Sure, Dungy was careful with his use of language. But coaches from Bill Parcells to Bill Belichick to Jon Gruden have used the F-bomb on more occasions than we can count. Ryan may use more profanity than the average coach, but he's certainly in the majority when it comes to letting his feelings be known with one of George Carlin's seven words you can never say on television.