At 4:41 p.m. on Sept. 20, less than an hour after the Jets defeated the Patriots, Clowney posted this message: "1 play in the 1st Half, 4 plays in the 2nd half . . . A bit disappointed about my playing time but very happy and satisfied about the win."
He did also send these two messages minutes afterward: "Just time to work harder for next week," and "My team always comes first so I'm just keep grinding . . . And we gonna keep winning."
"I was upset with him," Ryan said yesterday. "This is about 'team.' "
Ryan said he brought Clowney in to his office the day after the game and told him he'd be inactive for the Tennessee game.
"I'm not a big Twitter guy, but you hear different things," Ryan said. "To me, it's about your team. No individual is bigger than the team. So if I feel a guy is not putting the team first, then I'll make the decision to put the guy down.
One of the biggest differences between this year and last year is accountability. Last year players were held accountable for nonsense. This year they're being held accountable for things that actually matter. Good for Rex. If anybody in that locker room was anything other than thrilled over the win, there is a major problem.
With that said, knowing the kind of person Clowney is, he'll learn from this and become better as a result.