Baltimore Ravens ex-defensive coordinator Rex Ryan had some choice words to say regarding the mess that was the Ravens opening day fiasco that lead to Baltimore opening on the road this season despite being reigning Super Bowl Champions.
"I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. 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, per the New York Daily News and USA Today. "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."
"It's my love of this game, of the National Football League," Ryan said. "The defending champion, in my opinion, should always open at home. They've earned that right. To think that something couldn't have been worked out, that's disappointing. If baseball had a 16-game schedule, you might understand it. But when they have 162 games, I think you might just, out of common courtesy, say, 'You know what, maybe I'll play this one on the road or whatever.'
"It’s not just my love of Baltimore, I do love Baltimore, but I love this New York area here better than I do Baltimore now. It’s just the way it is. It’s not just my loyalty to that fan base."
Many may, rightfully, wonder why Ryan is so outspoken about this situation. Maybe he is telling the truth and it is about his love of the game of football. Or, maybe he still has a little bit of love for his former team. No doubt his best times as an NFL coach were spent here in Charm City.
What do you think Raven Nation? Should the Orioles have stepped aside for one day for the Super Bowl Champions?