New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan ripped into the Baltimore Orioles while discussing a scheduling conflict involving the team that prevents the Baltimore Ravens from opening the season at home as Super Bowl champions.
The NFL announced last month that because Major League Baseball and the Orioles wouldn’t budge from a previously scheduled game, the Ravens will not get to open the season at home, something that has become tradition for Super Bowl champions. The Orioles already have a game scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 5, against the Chicago White Sox.
The fact that the Orioles refused to move their game infuriated Ryan, the Ravens’ former defensive coordinator.
“Well who really cares, you’ve got 81 at home, maybe you could have done the right thing and given one up and then played 82 on the road and then 80 at home,” Ryan said, according to the New York Daily News. “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. That’s unfortunate,” he added.
Ryan’s comments came on a conference call discussing the Jets’ 2013 schedule. The Ravens, meanwhile, will kick off next season with a game in Denver against the Broncos on Sept. 5.