New York Jets’ Coach Rex Ryan Doesn’t Watch Jets’ Offense Friday Night

Aug 9, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan on the sidelines in the first quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

There are many times when coach Rex Ryan speaks, he makes us laugh. Whether he is taking shots at our friends from New England, or just being his usual joking self, he is always a great listen. Let’s be honest, who gives a better sound bite? In an era of secrecy, nobody does the sound bite better than coach Ryan.

However, there are other times where Rex opens his mouth and we wish that he would, as Kevin James would say during “The King of Queens”, “….take a bus trip to Shuttytown!” Last night, after the game against Detroit, was one of those times.

After the game, coach Ryan, as expected, was asked to evaluate the play of the quarterbacks. Makes sense. He is the head coach, he decides who plays, with others, so he should have an opinion, should he not? Well, he was asked about the pick six thrown by Sanchez, he responded by telling the media that he didn’t see it. He was then asked about the play of his new quarterback, Geno Smith. He responded by telling the room that he was too engrossed in his defense to evaluate Geno.

A couple of things here…

First of all, why would you admit to this? Doesn’t coach realize by now that any kind of comment like that is going to be focused on by the mainstream media? Maybe say something about he needs to watch the film for a more accurate evaluation. Make something up about how they both had their ups and downs, but need to look at the film to really see who outperformed who. That would have been a way to save face. But to say that you didn’t see anything? That’s a very questionable comment to make in front of the Jets’ beat.

Secondly, if that actually is the case that he didn’t see the quarterbacks play, shouldn’t we be concerned? I mean, we know that Rex finally has an offensive coordinator that he can trust with that side of the football. That is a great thing. We have seen when Rex puts serious hands on the offense. He has made it worse before making it better. So, it’s not a bad thing that Rex has been hands off.

However, Rex is still the head coach. As such, shouldn’t he have a pulse on everything that is going on? Isn’t it is job to evaluate as the game is going on? He is not a defensive coordinator anymore, and hasn’t been one since 2008 in Baltimore. He should be watching every play on the field, shouldn’t he? It’s OK to need to go back to the tape for more details, but he should have an opinion on every play that happens from opening whistle until the final gun. Isn’t that true?

What do you guys think? Is this something to be concerned about, or am I barking up the wrong tree? Sound off, as always.

Topics: New York Jets, Rex Ryan

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  • Joe Willie

    Go ask the other 31 NFL coaches what they watch–what crapola.

    • TheJetPress

      Was just putting it out there Joe, looking for opinions.

      • Joe Willie

        I meant the media as a whole Alan-not u personally —I get tired of the Rex knit picking of every word he says getting the witch hunt ready to roll.

        • TheJetPress

          Oh I agree about the media and the over-analyzing. I wasn’t offended even if you were talking about me Joe lol. I just wanted to put the thoughts out there to see what you all thought of it.

          • Joe Willie

            What you think Al –lets get Rex a lifeguard chair? lol

          • TheJetPress

            only if we give him excess sun tan lotion so his nose is white like a lifeguard LOLOL

          • matr dontelli iii

            on the lifeguard topic, i just recently looked up the old blotto video for ‘i wanna be a lifeguard’, which i remembered as being pretty silly. holy crap! it’s sillier and cornier than i ever remembered. as bad as that band was, they do a killer, knock-em-dead version of the munster theme.

  • Paul Newbold

    That’s REx!! He confirmed what I’ve been saying..He is not head coach material! He’s said he will be part of choosing the starter, but doesn’t watch their first game action!! Idzik will love that comment! He’s responsible for the entire team, as a head coach he’s the man responsible for evaluating and developing talent!! Yet he claims he didn’t watch the offense? He’s a good defensive coordinator (though not as good as he claims), but he has failed to develop into a head coach. Maybe Idzik might offer him a defensive coordinators job next season! If not, I won’t shed any tears when he gives him his bus ticket out of town.

    • Paul Newbold

      Best he stays far away from Geno as possible!

    • TheJetPress

      I know you feel that way Paul, you have never made a secret of that.

    • Frank Antonelli

      You’re hatred of Rex is getting borderline obsessive. There are so many things wrong with your statement that it would require more of an effort than I’m willing to exert to set you straight. Enjoy your summer.

      • Paul Newbold

        I know we disagree on Rex Frank. No need to exert yourself. Enjoy your summer as well

  • Vincent Hall

    Maybe he does not want to answer the inevitable follow up questions that will follow: Who do you think is winning the competition? Can you give us your take on why this guy threw an INT? When are you going to name a starter? Etc. I think he is taking the power out of the media’s routine b-line towards the Geno Smith/Mark Sanchez derby. The longer he doesn’t answer questions, the longer he can keep the evaluation in house.

    • TheJetPress

      Good point Vincent, didn’t think of it that way.

  • matr dontelli iii

    i’d rather have him say what he said than get cornered by the clowns after commenting on something he wasn’t watching. to think that seeing those actual plays live as opposed to watching them over and over in the film room is important is silly. he’s involved in the defense, marty runs the offense and when it’s all over they’ll sit down and disect it in the appropraite detail. i really hope everyone here realizes that. i just hope that when the games begin if rex is still involved the same way, which i expect he will be, he continues to give the appropriate responsibilities to marty and keeps his hands off the offense. everybody kills him for his lack of offensive aptitude, well maybe then they shouldn’t kill him for keeping his hands off the offense. sheesh! truth, justice and the american way!

    • TheJetPress

      all fair

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