Dear Rex Ryan,
When you accepted the position of head coach of the New York Jets you announced you weren’t there to kiss Bill Belichick‘s rings. Fair enough, but at least he has rings (that’s plural) to kiss. You have as many Super Bowl rings as the person writing this article.
You may not be worried about the New England Patriots heading into the 2014 season, but you should be. Since you arrived in New York in 2009, the Jets have exactly two winning seasons (2009 and 2010) and no Super Bowl appearances. In that time the Patriots have won at least 12 games every season (except when they won 10 games in 2009) and made it to the Super Bowl in 2011. The Patriots have also been to the last three AFC Championship games, while the Jets were at home trying to figure out how to finish above .500 the next season. Three straight seasons (2011-2013) without a winning record will make you mull things over I guess, even if all of that thinking doesn’t help.
That last time the Jets won the AFC East was 2002, when Herm Edwards was at the helm, but you say you’re a great coach. C’mon, Rex. We get that you like to make headlines and you’re entertaining, but as Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler would say, really?! You can’t be a great coach if you haven’t at least taken a team to the Super Bowl.
It’s terrible you got stuck with Mark Sanchez as your starting QB for four seasons and now you’re going to enter the 2014 season with Geno Smith (12 TDs and 12 INTs in 2013) as your starting QB. The NFL is a passing league, so it’s almost unfair to disparage you for not having a better record when you’re been saddled with QBs who are, to quote Patches O’Houlihan from Dodgeball, “about as useful as a poopy-flavored lollipop.” But remember in 2008 when Tom Brady was lost for the season on the first drive of the season? Of course you do. The Patriots’ record that season was 11-5. Yes, the Patriots missed the playoffs, but with Matt Cassel as the starting QB Belichick still had the Patriots finish 11-5. That matches your best record in the five seasons you’ve been in New York. The Patriots and Belichick matched your best season with a backup QB.
Clearly you don’t need any help in being confident (or cocky), which can be okay as long as you back up the bravado. You haven’t yet, but you continue to run your mouth and the Patriots continue to win.
Are you friends with Kanye West and the rest of us just don’t know it?
Someone Who Thinks You Should Be Concerned About the Patriots