New York Jets’ Rex Ryan: “We are Focused on Us”

By Alan Schechter

Jun 17, 2014; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex ryan answers questions from media during minicamp at Jets Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

At least in this guy’s opinion, it doesn’t get any better than when Rex Ryan is fired up.

Clearly, he has some of his old characteristics in him. Rex doesn’t make guarantees about Lombardi trophies, but his belief in himself is as strong as ever:

“Do I think that I’m a great coach? I absolutely know I’m a great coach,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But it’s not just about me. What makes a great coach is the people that surround you, the people that are with you every day.”

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This is just great to me. He is not just talking about himself, he is commenting on the quality of his staff and his players. Rex is saying he is great not just because of his ability, but he surrounds himself with great people. Nothing wrong with that.

Here is what Rex had to say regarding the idea that the team focuses on beating the Patriots:

“Somebody asked me if we focus on New England. Bull—-,” Ryan told the New York Post. “We’re focused on us. We’re focused on us and how are we going to be better. I have to be honest, I don’t worry about them. They need to worry about us. I think that’s really where we’re at now.”

This isn’t the same as making guarantees. We all thought that Rex was a different coach when he wouldn’t say anything at all. We thought he was on John Idzik’s leash, and basically had a mute inside him. Now he is back, but making controlled, confident statements. What’s wrong with having confidence in your team?

We have your back coach.