Mar 25, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks to reporters at the NFL Annual Meetings. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan can’t help himself


New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan isn’t making any more Super Bowl predictions, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to boast about his team to an unrealistic level. It seems as though Rex just can’t help himself when it comes to drawing attention to his team.

The Jets coach was recently quoted as saying that his second year quarterback Geno Smith would be “hard to beat out” by newly acquired free agent quarterback, Michael Vick. The Jets finished last season ranked No. 25 in the league in offensive yards and No. 31 in passing yards with Geno Smith at quarterback.

The Jets certainly made some noise in free agency when acquiring wide receiver Eric Decker and releasing quarterback Mark Sanchez in favor of Vick but, after an NFL draft where the Jets didn’t draft anyone named Manziel or Sam, it seems like Ryan just had to get some post-draft attention when he was interviewed on WFAN-AM about his outlook for the 2014 New York Jets.

“I’ll be honest with you: I’m not so sure there will be too many people that want to play us. And that’s the truth.” – Rex Ryan

While the Jets did surprise some people after starting the 2013 season at the very bottom of just about everybody’s Power Rankings, they had their bright moments but ended with an 8-8 record. It’s not necessarily like they have blown anyone away with their offseason to think that they’re now going to give either the Patriots or the Broncos a run for the top spot in the AFC.

The Jets haven’t had a winning season since their 2010 trip to the AFC Championship Game where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rex Ryan is a constant source of entertainment. He was once considered one of the coaches in the NFL that players most want to play for but, after several consecutive disappointing seasons, his act wears a bit thin.

There are other coaches who play the role of “players coach” but actually provide results. Ryan does not.

I, for one, hope that the Jets are at least competitive this season because I think that will make things more interesting in the AFC than if they’re a dumpster-fire with nothing but Rex Ryan sound bites to sustain them until January.

Does that mean I think other teams are dreading the date the Jets show up on their schedule? Not even a little bit, but never change Rex, never change.


Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Geno Smith Michael Vick New York Jets NFL Rex Ryan

  • RONBO19

    Kim, I’m actually shocked your comments column is blank until now as I would have thought your article would have infuriated Jet fans who mostly love Rex. Although I do like Rex, his bravado does wear on me so I must admit I don’t disagree with most of what you said. Up till now Rex has had a charmed life as Jets head coach as he was lucky enough to inherit many of the players brought in by Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini who in spite of his less than inspiring record did have a good eye for talent. Those hold overs plus a few choice pieces allowed the Jets to make two consecutive trips to AFC championship games where they eventually fell short.
    Now that the jet roster has been re-stocked with players he helped to hand pick it will be interesting to see if he can get them to “play like Jets”? If he doesn’t it will only be a matter of time before Rex is an Ex-Jet as Idzik will have a free hand to bring in his own guy like most G.M’s prefer to do.