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Tony Dungy wouldn't hire Rex Ryan

Head coach Rex Ryan, left, talks with Jets

Head coach Rex Ryan, left, talks with Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine during a June minicamp. Credit: Joe Epstein.

Tony Dungy was one of the most mild-mannered coaches in NFL history, so it's not surprising he had a problem with Rex Ryan's liberal use of profanities on the first episode of "Hard Knocks."

Dungy, who was on The Dan Patrick Show Monday morning, went so far as to say that he wouldn't hire someone who cursed that much.

"It's hard for me to be around that," Dungy said, "and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn't hire somebody like that. Now I've been around 'F' bombs, so it's not like it's new. I just don't think that has to be part of your every-minute, everyday vocabulary to get your point across.

"I'm disappointed with all the profanity," Dungy continued. "I think Rex can make his points without all that."

When asked if commissioner Roger Goodell should call Ryan and tell him to tone down his act, Dungy said: "I would hope that he does. ...I don't think our young people need to hear that that's what's done to be successful. Because it doesn't have to be that way."

Dungy, who has been instrumental in mentoring Michael Vick upon his return to the NFL, is no Pollyanna. He understands that expletives sometimes fly in the heat of battle, and he even has used them at (rare) moments.

But Dungy, like many others, is seeing through  Ryan's tough-guy veneer, realizing all the bravado is more for the HBO cameras rather than for his team. 

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