Emotions and anxiety is running high these days in New York, and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to who will be held responsible for a disaster in 2013. After watching the team tear itself apart in 2011 and again in 2012, Ryan is without a doubt on the hopping block and nothing short of a Super Bowl will likely save his job.
This sense of pressure is known by Ryan, and it’s likely the motivation behind him finally kicking his attitude into gear and calling out an underperforming player well before it’s too late. According to the New York Daily News, Ryan called out second-year defensive end Quinton Coples for not being fully committed to getting better this offseason.
“If Quinton doesn’t do a better job in the weight room he might have to…he’s got to compete like anybody else for a job,” said Ryan, via the Daily News. “So I’m a little disappointed in Q in the weight room in the last day.”
Ryan knows his job is on the line and that he’s skating and razor thin ice, so it’s not shocking he’s trying to make sure one rogue slacker costs him his job by bringing the team down. Coples will be moving to outside linebacker this season after playing his rookie year at defensive end.
While Coples is being called out now, the fact that Ryan is feeling the heat means Coples won’t be the last guy to be criticized if they underperform. The Jets need something special to happen in 2013 but after two straight seasons of agonizing disappointment, it’s looking like this next season might not be too different.