Rex Ryan is going to show the world how good a coach he really is in 2012. Without your best player on offense, and defense, the coach has to dig deep to get the most he can out of his players. Add to that, being spanked 34-0 in the last game, and it gets just that much harder. He has to get his team to step up, now, if they have any chance of remaining competitive in 2012.
His wide receivers have it tough, being young and inexperienced, without Santonio Holmes on the field with them. Coach Ryan challenged them a bit when he discussed the topic yesterday:
I think Santonio is a rare guy. He’s a guy that can really get separation. (When) guys are playing two-man, it’s hard to separate a lot of times when you see that particular coverage and Tone (Holmes) is one of those guys that can really separate in those situations. Will the other guys have quite that talent? Probably not but there are other things that we can do. Clearly, Santonio is a tremendous player and I think when you look at the numbers, I think we realized the kind of year he was ready to have. Now, other guys have to step up and I think we will. I think Jeremy Kerley is really doing a tremendous job in the slot for us. He’s a guy that has that rare change of direction, that kind of quickness, good hands, is a courageous little guy, (and) those are the kind of things that you need. Then, you look at some of the talent on the outside. When we get Stephen back, that’s a big fast target that hopefully we get on the field soon. (Clyde) Gates is coming around (and) getting more comfortable with the offense. I think you’re going to see him take a step.
Interesting take, huh? He comes right out and says that the guys left aren’t as talented as Holmes. True? Of course it is. But the tactic is interesting, coming out and saying it. It sounds like Rex is trying to get these guys pumped to overachieve.
Good, because this team will need to overachieve, and fast.