Rex Ryan put a quick end to a budding controversy.
The New York Jets coach addressed his players during a meeting Wednesday, reminding them to consider what they say in the wake of cornerback Antonio Cromartie's remarks that he'd rank himself the second-best wide receiver on the team.
Wide receiver Chaz Schilens said Wednesday he felt the comment was a ''slight'' to the players at his position. He backtracked Thursday, saying he cleared the air with Cromartie. ''Antonio Cromartie is a hell of an athlete,'' Schilens said with a smile. ''He could play wide receiver anytime he wants to.''
Schilens also spoke individually with Ryan, who thought Cromartie's comments were mostly a joke and recognized that Schilens didn't take them as they might have been intended.