Every year it’s the same thing. It used to be the incredibly disillusioned duo of Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez stirring the pot, promising Super Bowls and delivering butt fumbles. But with Ryan’s bizarre tattoo of his wife wearing a Sanchez jersey now in need of some fixing due to Sanchez’s departure, the burden of being an outspoken buffoon falls squarely on the shoulders of the sweater-vest-clad Ryan, who is more than happy to accept the responsibility.
Ryan’s latest feat of “foot-in-mouth” stratagem came when he spoke with the media about his success as a coach and about the Bane to his Batman, the New England Patriots.
“Somebody asked me if we focus on New England. Bull****,” Ryan told the New York Post. “We’re focused on us. We’re focused on us and how are we going to be better. I have to be honest, I don’t worry about them. They need to worry about us. I think that’s really where we’re at now.”
By overly stating how not worried he was about the Patriots and how worried they should be about him and his high-flying New York Jets, Ryan did nothing except prove that he was indeed worried about the Patriots.
And he should be. The Patriots always beat the Jets, just like most teams in the league. With a real coach like Bill Bellicheck at the helm, who is better than Ryan in every single aspect of the game, Ryan should permanently fear what his division rivals will do to him twice a year. His best bet is to pack up and move West, because he will never out-coach Bellichek, especially when he runs his mouth off to the salivating media every year.
Ryan is 46-40 in his career as a coach. He’s delivered on none of his numerous guarantees of success, yet he repeatedly states that he is a great coach.
But then he reminds us that it’s not about him.
Exhibit A: “Do I think that I’m a great coach? I absolutely know I’m a great coach,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But it’s not just about me.”
Mr. Ryan, we know it’s all about you. That’s why every statement you made is about you and your immense skillset (like your tattoo design).
Every year I look forward to the beginning of NFL training camps. It means fantasy football is on the way, the NFL season is fast approaching, and of course, someone on the New York Jets is going to stay something stupid.
From Bart Scott’s “CAN’T WAIT!” to Mark Sanchez countering death threats on Twitter, the Jets have become a circus that begs to be watched. Ryan is just the ringleader.
So for that, Ryan deserves some thanks, because he’s checked one of the three perks of this NFL season off my list already, and I can only hope that there is much more to come.
However, I really do miss Sanchez, and I’m sure Ryan does as well.