Rex Ryan has been a revelation since joining the Jets as the Head Coach back in 2009. Fans have been given fresh hope/belief in their team, you could say he's Rejuvenated the franchise.
I was going over the various attributes that make Rex a great coach, the clever way he deflects the medias attention to himself in the run up to big games and in the aftermath of a horror show on the field. Motivation skills, his various schemes.looks on the field, his willingness to stand by his player (even though we know he's playing bad) Rex is a players dream, players want to play for him and we've benefited from that, by attracting a higher quality of player.
Add to the above his brashness, in your face approach and everything that makes Rex great and ask yourself this.. are Rex's greatest assets his greatest pitfalls?
Why you ask,
As the spotlight is on the Jets more than ever, everything that comes out of Rex's mouth is magnified tenfold, has Rex inadvertently motivated our opponents more than his own team?
Various sound bites on becoming the Giants bigger brother and being THE team in NYC fueled the Giants on and they're now on the verge of a Superbowl appearance.
"I came here to win, to be looked at that way, to take over not just this city -- even though it's THE city to take over -- but also this league."
"Some people like to say the Giants are the big brother team and the Jets are the little brother team. … I have news for you: We are the better team. We are the big brother."
"When people ask me what its like to share New York with the Giants, my response as always I'm not sharing it with them - they are sharing it with me.. its seems clear right now we are the better team and we are going to remain the better team for the next ten years" (quote via 'Play like you mean it')
I get the feeling if teams had a record of 1 - 15 they'd be happy as long as that solitary victory had come against the Jets (no-one wants that record but you get where I'm coming from). The opposition seems hell bent on shutting us up.
LT touched on it the other day during an interview, saying that Rex's brash approach has contributed to current unrest within the team. "say whatever you want, just get it done on the field, and then it leads to other things, guys are calling each other out"
I for one and I suspect many of my fellow Jets fans never want Rex to change his ways. Is the hiring of Tony Sparano as offensive coordinator, Rex's way of recognizing his contribution to the unrest, a way of installing some discipline and order within the ranks. If so, yet another clever move by Rex.
Can these different characters co-exist, or will we have Holmes/Sanchez part 2, either way I'm proud that Rex has put the Jets back on the map and in the face of the rest of the NFL.