Rex runs with the bulls in Spain

July, 8, 2013
7/08/13
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When someone uses the word "bull" in connection with Rex Ryan, it’s going to have a completely different meaning.

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The Jets' coach participated in the annual running of the bulls Sunday and Monday in Pamplona, Spain, while wearing a red “Bad Toro” T-shirt. A spokesperson for the Jets confirmed Ryan actually ran in the event as photos cropped up on social media sites.

The Jets are off until July 25, when players are set to arrive in Cortland, N.Y., for training camp.

Ryan’s vacation spot might seem a bit crazy on its face, but he has been known for making riskier choices -- such as getting a tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey and making statements designed to goad opponents in the week before a game.

You can look at it another way. Running with the bulls is no more daring than what Ryan needs to do if he hopes to keep his job as coach of the Jets for another season. He is one of a few holdovers from a disappointing era for the team, and he’s got to start outrunning the odds now if he hopes to make it another year.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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