Rex Ryan has done a lot of things as the head coach of the New York Jets. He has inspired players to great heights, he has annoyed his opponents. He has put himself out there, and sometimes gotten himself fined. He has had verbal altercations with opposing players on the football field, and has a team that would go to war and back for him. It sure has been an eventful three plus years of the Rex Ryan era.
One thing Rex knows, is how to get inside other players, and motivate his team in the process. A prime example occurred yesterday. The Jets, as we know, are coming off of a brutal loss in New England las week. Rex needed to find a way to get his team off of that game, and on to the next one. So, what did he do? He brought back the comments made last time these two teams played each other, and he worked it to perfection.
Just to recap it, remember the first game, when Rex said that they needed to put a little “hot sauce” on Reggie Bush? Reggie took that to mean that Rex was instructing his team to go out and try to injure him. In fact, that wasn’t what Rex meant, he was in fact giving respect to Reggie, saying that they needed to pay extra attention to him. Well, after the Jets lost Darrelle Revis for the season during that game, Reggie Bush decided to strike back, saying that Revis “Got what he deserved.”
Rex took this as an opportunity yesterday, to get the Jets focused on the game on Sunday, all the while getting inside of Reggie Bush’s head. He brought up the comments, talking about how he felt Reggie should apologize for what he said:
I do because my thing is I never was saying we were trying to injure Reggie Bush. That’s not even close. He’s going to get our attention. I’m sorry, but he’s the type of player that’s going to warrant a lot of attention and we’re going to give it to him. There is no question. That’s what I meant by my comments. If it was taken differently (or) out of context, I apologize for that. Trust me, we know when he’s in the game. He still is going to get our attention, but his (statements) about Revis, I understand he got hurt in the game and that’s bad for football. We never want to hurt a player. I respect him as a player. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and I never want to see that. I’ve said it from day one and I don’t care who it is. Look, as bad as I want to beat Tom Brady, I don’t want to see Tom Brady out of this league. There’s no doubt. That’s bad for the league. Shoot, I’m a football fan as well as a coach. This game is great because of the players and the talent that plays in this league. That’s what I mean. If Reggie thinks about it, you want Darrelle Revis playing in this league. I know I do.
We will talk about it more on the next page.