In one of the more anticipated news conferences leading up to Sunday's Eagles-Cowboys game, Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan got his chance to add some fuel to the fire.
Ryan, you'll recall, made a not so subtle reference to the "all-hype team" back in August. The Eagles players have been asked about those comments this week, with DeSean Jackson, in particular, taking issue with them.
"If they need my motivation to get ready to play us, then we're gonna kick their ass anyway," Ryan told reporters today, according to ESPNDallas.com. "It ain't going to matter."
While at the time, Ryan did not say he was specifically making a reference to the Eagles, he acknowledged today what was apparent then -- the Eagles are exactly who he was talking about.
"I'm an emotional guy. Who are we kidding?" he said. "I'm not some guy [who] just can handle coach speak and be boring. I'm going to be emotional at times, and unfortunately that was one of my times, and I found out everybody listens in this town, which is good, unlike Cleveland. So I got in a little trouble there."
Ryan seemed to be going back and forth during his comments, according to the report. At one point, he said he agreed with Jackson that coaches should not be talking because they are not on the field. Ryan then said he has earned the right to talk because of the work puts in. He then termed his comments "unfortunate" because of his respect for Andy Reid.
"Hell, he doesn't have to worry about tackling me," a laughing Ryan said of Jackson. "If he does, he can tackle me. That'd be great, because I'm going to land on his shoulder and put him out. So that'll be awesome. Hell, he can tackle me two or three times."
Guess you can say that Rob is fired up. "I can't wait to get after these guys. It's going to be great. Hell, let's go get it on."
To read our earlier report from NovaCare, click here.