Rex Ryan’s prowess as a football mind has long since been overshadowed by his mouth. People generally aren’t concerned with how good of an X’s and O’s coach he is because we’re too interested in waiting for the next headline, which he usually provides.
Yesterday, Ryan told Newsday that he’s “a hell of a lot better coach than I’m given credit for.”
Again, he’s probably right, but he isn’t given the credit because of his own doing. However, in his defense, he said it with a smile on his face, so he wasn’t completely upset. But there’s truth in jest.
Ryan led the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games when they had no business being there. So, right out the gate, he proved that he knew what he was doing. But that was during the honeymoon, which has been over for a while.
And we cannot overlook the fact that there are way too many lockerroom distractions coming from Jets camp. To prove that he’s really a good coach in all that it encompasses, he needs to corral that too. That’s part of the gig.
But do you think he has a point?