29 months ago, the Jets took on the Pittsburgh Steelers, marking their second straight AFC championship game. Since then, the Jets have run a record of 14-18 in the regular season, and have missed the playoffs for the last two seasons.
Over the last several months, Rex Ryan was trying to make himself a new Rex. He was listening to former players that talked about how his mouth took its toll on the team. Understanding the point, Rex backed off a bit. The results? Well we saw the results last year.
Now, we know the likelihood that Rex is in a “lame duck” position with the Jets. Heck, I am sure that Rex understands the chances of this. It’s not often that a new GM sticks with an existing head coach, despite how great he has been to work with.
Knowing this, we have started to see shades of “Old Rex” back into his persona. At a recent press conference, Rex mentioned, on a whim, that they have won more playoff games than the Patriots over the last few years. Just like the old days. Solely to tweak Belichick,
And more recently, as the team ended minicamp, we got to hear Rex toot his own horn just a bit, and it was nice! He talked about how he is a better coach than anyone gives him credit for. He had this to say:
“I don’t care,” he said with a smile. “I don’t need the credit. But I can tell you one thing, when it’s said and done, they’ll look back and say, ‘Oh man, this dude can coach his butt off.’ And you know what? It’s true. And I’ll let the people that know best talk on my behalf about the kind of coach I am….”They’ll say, ‘He’s a hell of a football coach, and you know what? He had more passion than anybody who’s ever coached here before.’ Eventually that’s what’s going to be said about me,” Ryan said.
No matter what happens here, Rex is going to do it his way. Whether you like him or not, it’s admirable. He did his best work when being himself, and that makes sense. Don’t try to be someone you are not. I hope this continues. Keep it up coach.