After six seasons with the Jets, Rex Ryan proved his Randy Gregory Jerseycolorful one-man show can be a hit off Broadway, too.
The Buffalo Bills coach even brought props.
Opening his news conference Tuesday by wearing a bright orange Clemson helmet and playfully suggesting he had nothing to talk about, Ryan then spent 18 minutes touching on a wide range of topics in preparing to face his former team on Thursday night for the first time since he was fired in New York.
''I'm a little shocked to be honest with you,'' Ryan said, noting he has always selected his captains based on their ties to the opponent. ''This was never a thing of disrespect.''
And before he was done, Ryan even had time to needle Calvin Pryor after the Jets safety referred to his former coach in a comment posted on Twitter that read: ''The guy does anything for attention.''
''He's right. Because what else am I going to do?'' Ryan said, before noting Pryor played atJohnathan HankinsJersey Louisville. ''He's mad because Clemson put it on Louisville again this year.''
It was a drop-the-mike moment for Ryan, whose news conferences are regarded as must-attend events. In 11 months in Buffalo, Ryan has vowed to ''build a bully,'' he's ribbed New England quarterback Tom Brady for bouncing a ceremonial pitch on opening day in Boston, and he munched on a dog biscuit alongside owner Terry Pegula to promote the SPCA.