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The Kerry Rhodes soap opera took another twist today.

Rhodes, who apparently has regained his starting job after two games coming off the bench, admitted to reporters today that he yelled at secondary coach Dennis Thurman in practice. Clearly, Rhodes, who initially was miffed by the demotion, is irked by the uncertainty surrounding his role.

Rex Ryan is playing it coy, refusing to say that Rhodes has regained his starting job. But Rhodes is saying he has been told he'll be back with the starters. But, in practice, he apparently has been rotating with Eric Smith, leading to today's heated moment.

Asked if there's a rift between him and Thurman, Rhodes said, "Me and D.T. No, not right now. Today I was a little mad."

Why?

"Just the in-and-out thing," Rhodes said. "It got to me a little today. I was a little more emotional. I felt a little way about it today."

Rhodes said he's having trouble adjusting to the rotation.

"You can't get into a flow that way, especially me," he said. "I've never done that, so it's kind of different."

Asked about his role in general, Rhodes said, "It's funny ... kind of. It's irritating ... kind of. But it's something I have to deal with. I can't just not show up and not be here ... After the year, we'll re-evaluate things then."

Rhodes said his relationship with Ryan is fine, but it wasn't an enthusiastic endorsement of his coach.

"Hmm, let's see how I can characterize it," he said, pausing for a few moments. "I still like Rex. Yeah, I still like Rex."

Told it wasn't convincing, Rhodes, "You heard the words out of my mouth. I said, 'I still like Rex.'"

Ryan grew testy yesterday when asked if Rhodes had regained his starting job. Today, he apologized to the media, joking that Damien Woody would start at tackle. He can make light of it, but the bottom line is, his high-priced safety is not happy. Not at all.

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The Kerry Rhodes soap opera took another twist today.

Rhodes, who apparently has regained his starting job after two games coming off the bench, admitted to reporters today that he yelled at secondary coach Dennis Thurman in practice. Clearly, Rhodes, who initially was miffed by the demotion, is irked by the uncertainty surrounding his role.

Rex Ryan is playing it coy, refusing to say that Rhodes has regained his starting job. But Rhodes is saying he has been told he'll be back with the starters. But, in practice, he apparently has been rotating with Eric Smith, leading to today's heated moment.

Asked if there's a rift between him and Thurman, Rhodes said, "Me and D.T. No, not right now. Today I was a little mad."

Why?

"Just the in-and-out thing," Rhodes said. "It got to me a little today. I was a little more emotional. I felt a little way about it today."

Rhodes said he's having trouble adjusting to the rotation.

"You can't get into a flow that way, especially me," he said. "I've never done that, so it's kind of different."

Asked about his role in general, Rhodes said, "It's funny ... kind of. It's irritating ... kind of. But it's something I have to deal with. I can't just not show up and not be here ... After the year, we'll re-evaluate things then."

Rhodes said his relationship with Ryan is fine, but it wasn't an enthusiastic endorsement of his coach.

"Hmm, let's see how I can characterize it," he said, pausing for a few moments. "I still like Rex. Yeah, I still like Rex."

Told it wasn't convincing, Rhodes, "You heard the words out of my mouth. I said, 'I still like Rex.'"

Ryan grew testy yesterday when asked if Rhodes had regained his starting job. Today, he apologized to the media, joking that Damien Woody would start at tackle. He can make light of it, but the bottom line is, his high-priced safety is not happy. Not at all.

I don't see the pissant mouthing off at Doug Plank - he'd get bitch slapped and knocked into next week.

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