Well, he may be smaller, but he hasn’t lost all of his bravado.
Here is what he had to say about himself following practice today:
“I look at myself as the best defensive coach in football,” Ryan said. “That’s saying something, because Dick LeBeau is pretty darn good. Bill Belichick is pretty good. But that’s the way I’ve always believed. And you know what, I believe it, because the guys I coach with, there’s no doubt about that, and the guys I have coached. But that’s the truth, that’s kind of how I feel, and I’m going to be more involved over there, whether it is calling games or whatever.”
He also brought out his blueprint for success that the team had earlier in his tenure as coach:
“I just thought it was important to show, that, ‘Hey look, this is what we stand for,’ ” Ryan said. “I want to play like a Jet. I want guys to understand what that means. … I want great teammates. I want guys that are selfless, guys that care about each other. The individual success is tied in with the team success, period. The only way you are going to have success individually is if the team succeeds, period, and that’s it. Even little messages like that, I wanted them to see.”
Rex will always be himself, but he has learned not to put the target on his team, which is a good thing.