Despite admitting that he hasn’t seen the show this year, today on the Dan Patrick Show former NFL Coach Tony Dungy criticized Rex Ryan about the Jets Coach’s profanity on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
(Transcript, audio of Dungy’s comments below)
Dungy to Patrick:
“I have not watched it, I’ve gotten the reports, I’m disappointed with all the profanity. I think Rex can make his points without all that. But he’s trying to endear himself to his team and he’s doing a great job of it.”
“I think you can definitely change for the cameras but I think that’s a lot of who he is. His dad was the same way and coached the same way. They have created a persona. They felt like they were second fiddle to the Giants. The don’t want to be second fiddle so they’ve done a lot of things that I wouldn’t necessarily do but it’s making them feel good about themselves. The only problem is the other 31 teams aren’t feeling good about them.”
Dungy when asked if he would hire someone who uses the language Ryan uses on the show:
“I would not. I personally don’t want my players to be around that. I don’t want to be around that. It’s hard for me to be around that, and if I were in charge, no, I wouldn’t hire someone 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 points across.”
Dungy when asked if he thought NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should tell Ryan to tone down the language on the show:
“I would hope that he does. I don’t know that he will or not but I hope that he does because I just don’t think the league needs that. 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.”
I know Dungy is paid for his opinion but if he hasn’t seen the show, he shouldn’t comment on what he hasn’t seen. (Or in this instance, heard.)
Dungy’s opinion about cursing is what it is, but the whole premise of Hard Knocks is to provide an unfiltered look at NFL Training Camp targeted to an adult audience.
If they want to do a similar show on network television, then obviously adjustments have to be made. But the whole reason Hard Knocks exists is to give fans insight into the reality of the day-to-day machinations of an NFL team.
Why should all teams in the league adhere to what Dungy thinks is the right way to manage an organization?