Human nature dictates the desire to prove doubters wrong. When on top of a profession, it is easy to be positive. Now, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is finding out what it is like to have analysts share their negative opinions.
Most feel that New York will struggle to win more than seven games this season. After going 6-10 last year, there is tremendous pressure for improvement, at least from general manger John Idzik, or he most likely will be fired.
Despite greatly decreasing his public comments about qualifying for NFL Playoff action, Ryan still believes that Gang Green should look forward to this season. Ryan recently told the New York Daily News, “You know what, if you’re a competitor, how does that thing not get you?” He continued, “How does that not motivate you? It’s almost like, ‘OK, well, we’re going to show you.'”
Responsibilities have been taken away from Ryan from a decision-making perspective. Idzik has already established that he plans on having input on who wins New York’s quarterback competition between Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith. As a result, there was perception that Ryan, who has two years left on his contract, has basically been reduced to a glorified defensive coordinator.
When the Jets were winning, this tendency for their lead man to make public comments took pressure off players. Now it is seen as simply blowing smoke. One individual at least backs up Ryan’s attempt to rally the troops.
Recent offseason addition guard Willie Colon also told the Daily News, “I’m pretty sure a lot of teams already have us checked off on their schedule. That’s the bottom line. We have to show up on Sunday and punch a lot of people in the mouth and wake them up.” This demonstrates that Jets players enjoy the challenge of playing with basically no expectations from those outside their locker room.