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Rex Ryan: If the Chargers hired me in 2007, I’d have a couple of rings by now

10.19.11 at 10:14 pm ET

Rex Ryan is at it again.

Ryan, who interviewed for the head coaching job in San Diego four years ago — a job that ended up going to Norv Turner — said Wednesday that if the Chargers had hired him back then, he would have won ‘€œa couple of rings.’€

‘€œI’€™m telling you, those teams were loaded,’€ Ryan told San Diego reporters when asked about how things would have unfolded if he were hired by Chargers general manager A.J. Smith. ‘€œThere’€™s no question about it.’€

Ryan, whose team will face San Diego this weekend, then took a step back.

‘€œBut things happen for a reason,’€ he added. ‘€œObviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there. And A.J. (Smith) and everybody ‘€¦ that’€™s a great franchise. He was probably the best guy for the job at that time.’€

While it’€™s debatable as to whether or not the quote could be construed as a shot at Turner, the statement certainly implies that Turner, who has been to one conference championship in his career with the Chargers but hasn’€™t won a Super Bowl, has failed to get the most out of a ‘€œloaded’€ team like San Diego.

Regardless, Turner later said Ryan called him, but didn’€™t reveal specifics of the call. He later said everything was OK between the two, saying the league didn’€™t need any more coach-on-coach drama in the wake of the postgame flap last week between San Francisco’€™s Jim Harbaugh and Detroit’€™s Jim Schwartz. He did however, take a little shot of his own at Ryan.

‘€œI hadn’€™t seen his quote and I was a little bit surprised by the call,’€ Turner said, via the Associated Press. ‘€œAnd then after I saw the quote, I didn’€™t have a chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he’€™s guaranteed the last couple of years.’€

Read More: A.J. Smith, Jim Harbaugh, Jim Schwartz, Norv Turner



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