Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan is preparing to take on his old team, the New York Jets, for the first time since being fired by Gang Green, and it looks like he is already in full troll mode.
That's after he announced that IK Enemkpali, the defensive end who left the Jets in disgrace in the offseason, will be named as a team captain for Thursday night's divisional game.
Enempkpali, of course, was the man who infamously broke the jaw of Jets quarterback Geno Smith after a locker room confrontation. Ryan, though, doesn't quite see how the Jets might take the DE's captaincy the wrong way:
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"I do this all the time. Anybody that's played (with that week's opposing team) you're going to see. Will (tight end Matthew) Mulligan be out there? Yep, he'll be out there. For them, you put them out there, you recognize their teammates and all that, their former teammates."
"If IK went out there by himself, maybe that would be a different statement," Ryan explained via NFL.com. "But that's not what we do."
Still, considering the fact Enempkpali has been little more than a roster filler so far this season Buffalo the move does look suspiciously like Ryan is trying to send a message to his old team.
It will be interesting to see how the Jets captains greet their former teammate at half way on Thursday night, and whether Todd Bowles opts to name Smith amongst his own captain.
Who knows, if he does, there could be fists flying even before kickoff in what will already be a heated contest.
Jets fans: What do you make of Ryan's move, and was he a failure as head coach? Have your say in the comments below...