Mike Preston's Take

August 18, 2009|By MIKE PRESTON

Nobody should take seriously Rex Ryan's comments about rookie defensive end Paul Kruger wearing No. 99, the jersey of former Ravens standout Michael McCrary. Ryan and all of his former defensive linemen from the 2000 Super Bowl team were very close. In fact, when the Ravens fired head coach Brian Billick, Tony Siragusa, Rob Burnett and Michael McCrary all lobbied owner Steve Bisciotti to make Ryan the next Ravens head coach. I knew Rex Ryan couldn't play the Ravens without some crazy comment. In fact, he is probably laughing at the media making a big deal of this. Let's all get a grip. It's a meaningless preseason game. Ryan is just having some fun.

REX RYAN STIRRING THE POT

"I am disappointed that they gave his jersey to some rookie who hasn't proven" anything, said Rex Ryan, using an expletive. "Excuse my language."

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