Posted June 14, 2013

Rex Ryan says he doesn’t get enough credit for his coaching

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Rex Ryan believes a hands-on approach to defense will make the Jets better in 2013. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Rex Ryan believes a hands-on approach to defense will make the Jets better in 2013. (Al Pereira/Getty Images)

Rex Ryan has brushed off a lot of criticism of his coaching — and some non-football related storylines that were anything but flattering. Now the Jets head coach is thumping his own chest and predicting he’ll have the last word when it comes to his legacy.

Ryan told Newsday:

“I’m a hell of a lot better football coach than I’m given credit for,” Ryan said in a sit-down interview with Newsday, minutes after the team concluded its final mandatory minicamp practice Thursday afternoon.

“I don’t care,” he added with a smile. “I don’t need the credit. But I can tell you one thing, when it’s said and done, they’ll look back and say, ‘Oh man, this dude can coach his butt off.’ And you know what? It’s true. And I’ll let the people that know best talk on my behalf about the kind of coach I am.

“I don’t have to brag, even though statistically, I can brag about anything I’ve ever done defensively.”

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Ryan’s mantra entering his fifth season has been going back to basics. He’s promising to take a hands-on approach again with the defense after being distracted by involving himself with the offense and former coordinator Tony Sparano.

“I know what works for me,” he said.

“Maybe I let someone else drive the message instead of me,” he said. “And I think the first year, it was clear who was driving the message. It was me.

” . . . But one thing I learn for sure every year is that I can have a presence on this entire football team even if I’m primarily on one side of the ball. We lost a little of my mentality when I was sitting in the wrong room.”

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15 comments
donald5
donald5

If you have to tell everyone, then it probably isn't true

John4
John4

It's like that episode of "Married with Children" when Bud, going by the name of "Grandmaster B" had to tell his parents he's cool.  OK, Dustbuster B, you're cool.  If you say so.What's that?  Oh, Bedwetter B, he's cool.  

PatsFan_inJax
PatsFan_inJax

If you need to tell someone how good you are, then you obviously are not as good as you think.

hereandback
hereandback

I wish my doctor gave me the meds this dude is on.

pvs
pvs

We will see how good a coach you are when you get fired for another mediocre season......stop blaming everyone else

Billbobagons
Billbobagons

Nothing like tooting your own horn!!! The proof is in the pudding!!! Enough said!!! SKOL VIKINGS!!!

kenrockthefirst
kenrockthefirst

To quote Margaret Thatcher, ""Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."  So, Rex, if you have to *tell* people you're a good coach, you aren't.  Why is that other coaches can coach on both sides of the ball but you can't?  As for your first year, and even your second year, you were coaching Eric Mangini's team.  The teams you and Tannenbaum built sucked @ss, and this year won't be any different.

jimboz67
jimboz67

Your statistics, actions and players say differently Rex.  You don't see Don Shula, Bill Belichick and a whole list of good/great coaches, trying to convince us, that they are better coaches than what people give them credit for.  You just keep putting your foot in your mouth (or is that your wifes foot?, but whatever).  Just try to talk less and coach more.

jamsub
jamsub

If you have to tell people you are a good coach you probably aren't.

John4
John4

@jamsub Something about New York.  A while back Eli had to tell everyone that he is an "elite" QB.  Rex' claim is very similar.  Also, Eli is, Rex is not!

Shaun1
Shaun1

@jamsub Exactly. If you really are any good, people say it for you.

jamsub
jamsub

@John4 @jamsub  Eli won ugly for a while and had to remind the press. It is safe to say he has backed it up. 

jamsub
jamsub

@Shaun1@jamsub“I don’t have to brag, even though statistically, I can brag about anything I’ve ever done defensively.”

Translation....I am not saying I am good but I am good.  I feel sorry for that SOB

John4
John4

@jamsub Yes, I agree, and said so in my quote above.  Eli is an elite QB.  

John4
John4

@jamsub Clearly, he got the gift of gab and self adulation from his father.