Why do the New York Jets love Rex Ryan? Because not only does he stick up for his team as a whole, as well of himself, but he sticks up for his individual players as well.
In case you weren’t aware, each year, the NFL Network puts together a list of the top 100 players in the league, as voted on by the players themselves. Sheldon Richardson crashed the list at #94, and Peyton Manning was number one. You can see the entire list by clicking here.
One name that did not make the list was David Harris, a consistent force within the New York Jets’ front seven. Harris not being there caught the ire of head coach Rex Ryan:
“David Harris is the most underrated player in the league,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “It ain’t close! It ain’t close! You could have a top 100 … and he’s not even mentioned. And I’m like, ‘What?!'”
Harris does make a case for himself. He hasn’t missed a start since 2007, and has posted over 100 tackles three times. His lowest total was 75 in 2008, but Harris only started 11 games. He is also a second team All-Pro.
However, Harris has had a tough time in pass coverage, and is virtually silent in the pass rush. But Harris has been one of the Jets’ top run-stuffers for a long time, and deserves more credit.