It has been an interesting 3.5 years in Jets land, has it not? The Rex Ryan era began with a lot of fanfare, some great success, and has had some epic failure of late. But through it all, the fanfare has never gone away. Why has it never gone away? Because the Jets have continued to open their mouths, and bring the expectations and the fanfare on themselves. No matter how they have changed the actual wording of what they say, Rex and the gang continue to put enormous expectations on themselves. It was exciting at first, but it is getting old. Frankly, the team is losing credibility each time they do it. That is not to say that I dislike Rex Ryan as the coach of this team, very much the opposite. I believe he is the right match. But the atmosphere of “say anything you want” has caused nonsense to come out of his mouth, and the players’ mouths, and they sound more and more foolish each time they do it.
The first two years, Rex Ryan guaranteed Super Bowl appearances. As brash as Rex seemed when he got here, entering his first head coaching job, he made the statements. To his credit, he did get close to realizing those statements, taking the team to two straight AFC Championship games. His brashness brought attention to the team, and put them on the national map, not only for their brashness, but for the result on the field. Even though they went 9-7 the first year, they turned it on in the playoffs, and backed the words up, almost perfectly.
However, the beginning of the reckless speak came in 2011. Despite the fact that we were in the midst of a lockout, Rex publically talked about how talented his roster was, how it was the best in three years. That was an odd statement to make since at the time, we didn’t know WHAT THE ROSTER WOULD LOOK LIKE! How do you make a statement about the roster, when you can’t even finalize it quite yet? Seriously? It definitely was an strange boast to make at the time, although there seemed to be differing opinions on how to handle it. Most of us left it as, Rex being Rex.
But as 2011 went on, it became clear that Rex’s credibility was taking a hit. He again made his guarantee of a Super Bowl appearance. Despite the fact that the team had less time to prepare for the season, out his boast came. We again put it on Rex being Rex, but the target was on his team. The Super Bowl predictions made other teams look even more forward to their chances to take out the Jets. It made the Jets more vulnerable. LaDainian Tomlinson pointed it out, but Rex didn’t seen to understand that. Rex also seemed to not have a pulse on what was happening in his own locker room, which is his JOB to know. The result was shown on the field in an 8-8 season, and came to a head in Miami.
But, Rex did humbly admit it was a learning experience, and vowed to be better in 2012. Let’s talk more on the next page.