Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Jets Coach Rex Ryan Is Doing it His Way


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.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    This feels like 2009 all over again! Like Rex said it’s a new start for him. He once again will probably have a rookie QB starting. He will probably have the number one ranked defense again. And he’ll probably make the AFC Championship game again. One can dream right?!

    • TheJetPress

      Hahaha, no reason not to dream.

    • matr dontelli iii

      i’ve been saying since the draft ‘if we get decent c level qb play we make the playoffs.’ if the qb plays the way mark did in the playoffs the sky is the limit. we do need special teams to at least not kill us like they did last year.

      • Frank Antonelli

        I agree. It’s really not as far fetched as some “experts” would have you believe. I actually think it’s more likely this year then it was in 2009 since Rex is no longer a rookie head coach and should be even better at his job and he has picked many of the players where as in 2009 he inherited a mediocre group of under acheivers.

        • matr dontelli iii

          i’ve said many times, if the experts were experts they’d be gms. it pays a lot more and provides much more gratification.

  • matr dontelli iii

    when the defense can stop the other team it makes everyone else’s job easier. this defense should be able to do that. if special teams and offense are decent the sky becomes the limit

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    Approve.

    Alan Schechter
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  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.willie.509 Joe Willie

    Other football coaches in the NFL fear Rex Ryan like no other
    defensive mind in the league.And that goes for the elite QBs–just
    ask Payton Manning and Tom Brady in the playoffs 2 yrs ago. Even when
    Rex has marginal players he can coach them up to a top 5 defense. The
    last few years its been hard to overcome a QB who is a turnover machine,
    even then the Jets D finished in the top 10 and with it’s best player
    (Revis) hurt. However, Rex has to realize his words are radioactive
    right now and everything he says is scrutinized , analyzed and dissected
    and that’s even done by some of the Jets own fans who cant figure out
    the media is there to ponce on anything Rex says just to fill time in a
    24 hour news cycle with only10 mins of real sport news. And this goes
    for most sport figures in today’s world—just ask LeBron James–one
    day he’s king of the basketball world, best ever- and the next game
    they lose he’s a bum–when he had the big deal media event to bring “his
    talents to South Beach” he was crucified till he won a championship
    last year. So to get to my point–yes Rex is a great defensive coach but
    he needs to learn the nuances of the diplomacy of being a Head coach in
    the NFL and watch what he says–at least till he wins a Superbowl.

    • TheJetPress

      All true. I love Rex, and I love his abilities and what he has done to date. He has to get it done his way, but forget about telling the world who is wrong and who right/

    • Steven Psargias

      Agree with you all the way.But nobody is perfect in this imperfect world.We can be is logical though, and give credit where it’s due.

  • matr dontelli iii

    we’re in the minority, steve, but nice post nonethless.

    • Bennny K

      I’m on board with you guys, Rex is a good coach learning his way. His amount of his success in not just luck. I feel in a few years Rex will be a solid coach who will be able to prepare a team to defeat teams that have more talent than his. Hopefully he’ll be in Green when that day comes.

      • matr dontelli iii

        Something I never see anyone write, bennnnnny, is that wood head Johnson has yet to hire a head coach or gm with experience, probably due to the cost involved and possibly due to cost effectiveness. Regardless, if you’re gonna hire rookie coaches you have to give them time to learn the nuances of the job. You can’t give them two or three years and then move on to the next one. All you’re doing then is giving coaches OJT for their next stop and doing nothing for your own franchise. I’m with you, I hope Rex is here for a long time, long enough to earn a few rings.

  • Gr8 1

    This is a make or break year for Rex. I say let him go out or stay in on his terms.

    • TheJetPress

      No argument there.

  • matr dontelli iii

    I thought that was vintage Rex when he said we’ve won more playoff games than New England since he’s been here. Ouch! I think espn went off the air for 24 hours after that.