Rex Ryan: ‘Big Ol Rascal’ Lebron James Can Come Play Tight End For The Bills
Rex Ryan is a godsend in the NFL. He may be completely delusional half the time, but the so-called defensive genius is an absolute gem when it comes to speaking to the media. Rather than play into the gruff, stoic stereotype of a big-time football coach from Texas, Ryan actually exudes enthusiasm.
And although it can sometimes be misplaced, his down-home manic energy is almost always appreciated; never more so than on Wednesday when he extended what was seemingly an honest invitation to Lebron James to come play tight end for his Buffalo Bills.
"I don't know a whole lot about (basketball)," Ryan told ESPN's Mike Rodak at Wednesday's press conference, "but that big ol' rascal can come play tight end for us, if he wants to."
"I think it would work out well. You look at him. He's physical. Unbelievable. Look at the range. There's nobody that can cover him. There's no way you can cover him. Fast, physical. We'll give it a shot."
How can you not absolutely love this dude? He is one of the only people alive that could call one of the best athletes on the planet a "big ol' rascal" without coming across as condescending or sarcastic. Football has never been a place for men with lovable personalities. In a world where guys like Bill Belichick and Nick Saban reign supreme, Ryan's loudmouthed charm is just such a breath of fresh air. It's just nice every once in a while to ask a question and not be subsequently made to feel like you're the scum of the earth, right?
And boy does Rex Ryan know how to deliver a soundbite. It almost makes working in Buffalo sound like it would be worth it. Almost.
Now Rex is certainly not the first person to suggest that James would have been a fantastic NFL tight end. Many successful players at the position have had top-level basketball backgrounds, including guys like Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Julius Thomas and Jimmy Graham. But he's definitely the only coach on the books with an open invitation to play for a spot on the roster, and with the way things are going, there's a chance Lebron could take him up on it.
He seems like he could use a break from the NBA right now, and let's be honest; he can't be any worse at football than Michael Jordan was at baseball.
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