IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is raw and real.
If you don't want the truth, don't ask him a question.
Nothing is out of bounds with him. And nobody is immune
Ryan's upfront personality was all on display Monday in the Cowboys' locker room during what started as a simple interview about facing his twin brother Rex, the head coach of the New York Jets, in Sunday's season opener.
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It ended with Ryan weaving from talk about football to his dad's latest bout with cancer and his brother's alleged foot fetish in Rob's humorous, cocky and profane style.
Considering last year's hijinks when Ryan -- then the coordinator with the Cleveland Browns -- faced his brother, the gaggle of reporters surrounding him Monday expected something wild.
Rex donned a curly, blond wig and stuffed a pillow under a Browns sweatshirt to poke fun at his twin brother.
Ironically, it was Rob Ryan who predicted this week's matchup would have none of the silly buildup between the brothers due to 9/11 remembrances attached to the game.
Said Ryan of his anger after the terrorist attacks: "Absolutely. Like every red-blooded American, I wanted to punch [Osama Bin Laden] in the face, and we eventually did."
That he has a cousin who is a fireman in New York only adds to the significance of the tragic anniversary, giving him more reason not to joke with his brother this week.
"I don't think so," Ryan said when asked if Rex would poke fun at him. "He knows that it's 9/11. He also knows that this is a hell of a lot bigger than Ryan vs. Ryan, I can promise you that."
That certainly will be the case on Sunday.
After Rob's interview Monday, the world is talking about the Ryans -- especially his matter-of-fact response to questions about a foot-fetish video allegedly of his brother and wife Michelle that surfaced on the Internet last December.
"Who cares," Ryan said. "Believe me, everybody has whatever screwed-up thing going on. I don't care. I'm sure you do and everybody else that points fingers. Everybody has a life off the field."
For the record, Rex Ryan never addressed the video when asked about it himself, offering no comment about his personal life.
But Rob all but confirmed the video was authentic with his response to a question about being disappointed that the matter became public.
"He is a little freaky, I guess," Rob Ryan said. "I like everything about my wife. She got great feet, too. She got everything nice."
What should be out of bounds is just par for the course for Ryan. It's a trait they inherited from their father, legendary Bears defensive coordinator and former Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan.
The elder Ryan, 80, bucked the coaching establishment with his attacking defenses and outspoken personality during a stellar coaching career.
Now he hopes to do the same with cancer again.
Buddy beat melanoma in 1968, 1980 and earlier this year. He has now been diagnosed with a new form of cancer in a gland that spread to his neck.
Rob Ryan said his dad needs surgery, but is going to postpone it until after Sunday's must-see game in New York.
"That's just the way he is," Rob said. "This is a big thing for him, a big thing for the Ryans."
With an 0-2 record against his brother in the NFL, Rob Ryan has poured his heart and soul into studying film for this game and told Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as much this week.
"Man, if I watch anymore Jet tape, Joe Namath will have to be the quarterback," Rob Ryan recalled telling Garrett.
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