2011, fueled by the success of years past, more chest banging. “This is the year we are going to do it.” At one point, coach Ryan was saying this even during the looming lockout, when we didn’t even know who was going to be on the team. Just like in the process of evolution, the species tries to hang on before becoming extinct. Sometimes it fights with other species, before being eventually eliminated for the more advanced.
This is what happened in 2011. The other more advanced figured out how to eliminate the caveman Jets. Rex’s disciples fought amongst themselves, other advanced societies(teams) figured out how to beat the Jets, and they wound up 8-8.
This is when evolution took place, starting right after the season. We heard coach Ryan talk about how he was unaware of some of the things going on around him, at least not to the level he should. Rex is evolving, he becomes a more humble species, talking about how he needs to improve, and his team needs to improve. And now in 2012, no more boasts. No more “Me win Super Bowl” statements. Instead, the more humble coach has evolved, rendering the boasting coach extinct.