Former NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan isn't someone who's been known to hold back how he really feels. And in a recent interview with the DiPietro & Rothenberg Show, he ripped current Jets head coach Robert Saleh in typical Rex Ryan fashion.
Ryan tore into Saleh for his team's abysmal defensive performances in recent weeks and called back to comparisons made between the two coaches going into the year.
Ryan touted his own former success and strongly remarked "don't ever compare this guy to me" in a heated rant.
Rex Ryan was not happy. And he directed his anger at the man calling the shots for his former team.
"This is a horrendous defense. This guy is supposed to be a defensive guru. I heard everything, and I take it personal on this one. Everything I heard was about ‘well, this guy is a lot like myself but without the bad part.’ Yeah? Well, some of the bad part you need because this team doesn’t play with any damn heart. That’s the thing that’s disappointing to me. Don’t ever compare this guy to me, this Robert Saleh to me."- Rex Ryan, on Robert Saleh
Rex Ryan didn't hold back when talking about NY Jets head coach Robert Saleh
Ryan certainly has a point when it comes to the Jets' defensive woes. Not only has the Jets' defense been bad over the last few weeks, but they've been historically bad.
The Jets have allowed 175 combined points in their last four games, which is the second-most allowed in a four-game span by any team since the 1970 merger. The 2004 Tennessee Titans are the only team to have allowed more in a four-game span.
On top of that, they've allowed 1,890 total yards over that same timespan — the worst four-game stretch in franchise history.
Right now, we're seeing the worst defense the Jets have fielded in their franchise history, and one of the worst in NFL history. That's how bad it's been.
They've surrendered an average of 43.75 points over their last four games with blowout losses to the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, and most recently the Buffalo Bills.
This isn't the first time Ryan has ripped the Jets' young coaching staff following an embarrassing loss. He did the same thing after the team was blown out by the Patriots at the start of this recent monstrosity of poor defensive performances.
Ryan complained about the Jets' "lack of passion" while stating that the coaches were "horrible." Four weeks later, not much has changed.
Rex Ryan is still fuming. The Jets' defense is still a trainwreck. And the coaching staff continues to take the brunt of the blame.