Rex Ryan showed up at the scouting combines this week. If you remember a year ago, he guaranteed a championship for his team. We know how that all worked out, his team ended up going 8-8 and missing the playoffs and he had to eat crow. What was even worse for him was that in the Super Bowl were the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. It had to be a nightmare for Ryan. The Patriots are the Jets chief rival and of course the Giants are the team that shares a city and a stadium with them. Ryan likes to say the Jets now own the city but the Giants I think proved that wasn’t the case. The Patriots of course are the standard that the Jets still have to live up too.
Ryan this week at the combine was much more low key. He admitted he made a mistake last year. He said he thought it put too much pressure on his team and he isn’t going to do that anymore. I think Ryan after getting fined and criticized so much in the media is toning down his act. We will see if he really is or is it just in the beginning of the off-season. It is possible that when he gets going and is in the heat of battle he will be the same old Ryan. I think though now is the time to put up or shut up for him. He can say whatever he wants to his team but he has to be more quiet in the public eye. He did get his team to two straight AFC Championship games before last year. He did restore some pride to the franchise but he wants to take the next step and get them another Super Bowl. The Jets have only won one and that was all the way back in 1969 which is a long time ago. We will see if the new gentler approach works and if Ryan can keep it up.