Le'Ron McClain has gotten caught up in a little verbal back and forth with Jets head coach Rex Ryan the last couple days, but the Ravens fullback cleared the air today, saying he has no issues with Ryan.
On Monday, McClain said that the Jets have "no excuses" now that Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis is signed and will play in Monday's regular season opener.
Ryan fired back, saying, "I don't know what's wrong with Le'Ron. He said something about there's no excuses ... He must have us confused with somebody else. I don't think we make any excuses. Last year, we didn't have our starting 11 guys on defense for a single game and yet we led the league."
"We don't make excuses. All we do is produce ... And that's what we're planning to do Monday night."
Today, when approached by reporters to get a reaction to Ryan's comments, McClain smiled. He said he doesn't have a problem with Ryan, who he obviously knows from the coach's stint in Baltimore as defensive coordinator.
"Nah, man, I hope he didn't take that the wrong way," McClain said. "I'm ready to play for Monday night. No trash talk. Me and Rex have a good relationship, so it's nothing like that."
McClain, who admitted he himself likes to do a little trash talking to opponents on gamedays, knows he'll hear plenty of talk in return from linebacker Bart Scott, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins and others on the Jets defense. If you've seen HBO's "Hard Knocks", you know that those in the green and white don't shy away from speaking their mind on or off the football field.
"It makes it fun a little bit, knowing each other and the respect we have for each other," McClain said of the chatter between the two teams. "Like I said, man, all of it will be won on that field between those hashes on the gridiron, I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to kick off Monday."