BEREA, Ohio -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has pulled a Reggie Dunlop.
Like Dunlop, the coach of the Charlestown Chiefs in the classic comedy "Slap Shot," Ryan has announced through the media a bounty on an upcoming opponent.
And the target is his twin brother.
Ryan had Cleveland Browns reporters roaring in his conference call here to preview Sunday's game and a showdown with Cleveland's defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan.
The brothers are notorious trash talkers, and when asked what the latest update was in their war of words, Rex Ryan said he was ready to escalate.
"It's going to be more physical on Sunday," Rex Ryan said. "There's a rumor floating around there's been a bounty placed on his head. I don't know. ... All right. Let's be honest. There is a bounty on his head. There's no question.
"I'm a little concerned with our guys bouncing off of his belly. If they run into [Browns head coach Eric] Mangini, that would be fine. Would I have placed a bounty on Mangini? I would have, but he's so small right now that it'd be hard to hit that kind of target."
Mangini has lost a noticeable amount of weight this year through diet and exercise. Rex Ryan had lap-band surgery in the offseason. Rob Ryan, well, it doesn't look like he has done much in that regard.
Rex Ryan did offer some earnest comments about his younger brother (by five minutes).
"He's one of the most creative coaches in the league, probably the most on defense," Rex Ryan said. "I think him and Mangini together, that's a pretty good tandem right there. That's a tough group right now. They're flying around. They're doing all kind of different things, multiple fronts, multiple coverages, blitzes. It's great to see and tough to go against."
Rex Ryan joked about Mangini's elusiveness regarding his starting quarterback. It's pretty obvious Colt McCoy has the job after consecutive victories over the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, but Mangini is acting as though the position remains up for grabs.
"I don't know if [McCoy's] going to be the starting quarterback this week," Rex Ryan said. "Because I think there's a good chance Frank Ryan will be the quarterback this week."
Frank Ryan (no relation) last quarterbacked the Browns in 1968.