As if any reason whatsoever is needed to prove why it is a bad idea for an NFL head coach to get a tattoo of his team’s modestly successful, much-maligned and under-performing quarterback, here’s another one: Having to explain what he intends to do about it when the quarterback is released by the team.
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan now has been compelled into a situation where he was forced to to address what his plans are regarding his infamous tattoo of recently departed signal-caller Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez was released last week by the Jets and Ryan was asked about the tattoo during the annual NFL meetings in Orlando, Fla. on Tuesday. His response? He doesn’t know what he’s going to do.
Via For the Win:
“Guys, the tattoo is still there,” Ryan said. “I’m not going to say anything about the Sanchez tattoo. It was my tattoo and it’s still my tattoo.
“I may alter it. Who knows? I’m going to put (No.) 75 on it to honor Winston Hill (His dad, Buddy was Jets defensive coach when Hill played). That’s the idea. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Seems like a logical way in dealing with it. Of course, the tattoo does feature his wife wearing a No. 6 jersey and little else, so a quick modification of the number would not be a difficult thing to do, but the tattoo presents another potential problem in the future: What happens if Rex fails to turn the team around and is fired at season’s end? I suppose he could simply change the jersey color to represent the team he coaches next. And so on and so forth as situations and eventualities develop.
With that in mind, odds are Ryan won’t be getting a Michael Vick-related tattoo anytime soon. At least let’s hope not for his sake.