Rex Ryan Handled the Wayne Hunter Demotion Perfectly

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Aug 15, 2012; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks back to the locker room following practice at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

Rex Ryan is a colorful guy, this we all know. Whether he is talking about not “kissing rings”, or comparing guys to all time greats, Rex is always lighting it up with something to say. Love him, or hate him, it’s the truth.

But, what doesn’t always come out is the way Rex handles his players. Guys that are here, love playing for him. If you look at what coach Ryan had to say when talking about demoting Wayne Hunter, you can see exactly why they feel that way about him.

For example, the media asked Rex when he knew that Wayne Hunter would not be the starting right tackle. Look at his response:

We just thought that he’s better in this role (as an extra offensive lineman), and that’s it. The man’s played 10 years in this league. You don’t bluff your way into the National Football League for 10 years. (You can bluff it for) 10 minutes maybe, but not 10 years. Obviously, he’s got a lot of great tape. We focus on, hey, he’s got some bad plays. Everybody has some bad plays. Now, he wasn’t the only one that never performed up to maybe expectations last season. It starts with me. From top to bottom, we all probably took our turns last year did not perform to where we wanted to and that starts with me. But again, I’m looking at the big picture of, this man can really help us in this particular role. I know he can, he’s done it. And I’m excited to get him back in that role.

See how he focuses on what Wayne can do, rather than what he can’t do? Instead of taking the bait, so to speak, and discussing when he decided that Hunter wasn’t good enough, he talked about putting his guy back into a role where he was successful. That’s a coach’s job, to put his guys in the best position for success, and that hs what he is doing here.

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