Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 9/16/12

LaRon Landry is playing for the guy he wants to play for. To hell with the rest of them. Rex Ryan loves Landry’s work ethic and Landry loves Ryan’s unique and aggressive defense, which LaRon says is ultimately why he ended up in New York. However, the safety said the absence of Bill Belichick during his visit with the Patriots made his decision to not sign with New England easy.

“He wasn’t even there,” Landry told the NY Daily News. “So that was a no-brainer. I should have never taken that visit. I was like, ‘Damn, if you’re going to visit, the head coach (should be) there.’ I felt, ‘Okay, that’s a slap in the face.’”

Perhaps Belichick had to tend to an emergency. Maybe he enjoys screwing with free agents as much he enjoys screwing with the media. In any event, it wasn’t a good match.

Landry also took aim at his former coach, Mike Shanahan. The former LSU star battled Achilles injuries in 2010 and 2011, and his season ended prematurely both years as a result. The Redskins recommended surgery to mend the injury, but Landry instead opted for alternative medicine and stem-cell therapy.

“That’s why they have great doctors and they have okay doctors, great trainers and okay trainers,” he said. “(The Redskins) had people who just had the job title, but not the passion for their job. … I don’t respect the training staff at all. I don’t respect the coaches over there. I don’t respect (Shanahan). I do respect Coach (Joe) Gibbs, who brought me there, and Coach Gregg Williams. I respect that 2007 organization. After 2007 … nonexistent.”

Something tells me this guy will have trouble getting recommendations from his former employers when his NFL career comes to a close.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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