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Ignoring the Talk

Rex Ryan on being on the hot seat, his biggest coaching rivals and how he's planning to face Darrelle Revis in Week 1

By
Jenny Vrentas
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1. I think the biggest misconception about me is that I’m a players’ coach who doesn’t hold guys accountable. I’m a players’ coach, yes, but I’m as demanding on my players as anybody I know—I just do it in a different way.

2. I think the greatest defense of all time was my dad’s ’85 Bears, and I don’t think in my career I’ll ever coach a better defense. But I’ll sure as heck try.

3a. I think my greatest coaching nemesis is Bill Belichick, but Mike Tomlin is a close second because he’s beaten me in two AFC championship games.

3b. I think my greatest player nemesis is Peyton Manning. I thought the Baltimore team I was defensive coordinator for was going to win a Super Bowl in the 2006 season—we had the best team in football, and it wasn’t close—but it was Peyton’s play-calling, against me, that won the Colts the divisional-round game. I took it really personally, but I finally got him in the 2010 playoffs with the Jets.

4. I think when we play the Buccaneers and Darrelle Revis in Week 1, I’ll make sure Marty Mornhinweg is very aware of the Revis Rules we used to follow in practice: If the ball is on the far hash mark from where Revis is lined up, you can forget about throwing a comeback or an out route his direction, because Revis is going to pick it.

Rex Ryan thinks he knows the keys to getting off Revis Island alive. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)
Rex Ryan thinks he knows the keys to getting off Revis Island alive. (Rich Kane/Icon SMI)

5. I think the outside talk about me being a lame-duck coach really doesn’t bother me, because this is the best I’ve felt, ever. I’ve finally figured out how to be a head coach in my own way, and how to lead and get my vision of the team through to my players. I have to coach defense every single day.

6. I think the greatest motivator of men I have ever been around is Ray Lewis, because Ray Lewis motivated me as a coach. His message was always clear, always about the brotherhood of his team, and that’s who I am.

7. I think Clemson is a good fit for my son, Seth, a preferred walk-on to the football team. When I met coach Dabo Swinney at the school’s Pro Day last year, I noticed that he talks about his players just like I talk about my players, so I know he cares about them an unbelievable amount.

8. I think if we had a quiz show on the history of our game, I could beat anybody in the NFL, because I know the history backward and forward. Now if we had a spelling bee, I bet you I’d be dead last.

9. I think the read-option is here to stay because of the young men who are running it. It used to be that if you had a running quarterback he really couldn’t throw, but now we have more of these great hybrid athletes entering the league and thriving at the position.

10. I think neither Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor, nor I is going to win a beauty contest, but I got the lap-band surgery because I wanted to see my grandkids grow up—and that was what I told him about why he should get it, too.

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20 comments
exutechs
exutechs

I think you missed one Sexy Rexy .... You are your own worst enemy ... You can't keep your foot out of your mouth ( or your wife's foot for that matter)

Rob_Starrk
Rob_Starrk

how can anybody hate on this dude... Rex is as real as it gets!

divirgilio33
divirgilio33

i love this site!!!  my life is now complete!!!

pvs
pvs

If his Jets end up in the basement in the AFC east, he will be let go the same week the regular season ends.

Watchwolf
Watchwolf

Rex actually had 10 thoughts?

Hello1813
Hello1813

Funny.  How on 10 things he thinks, his offense isn't mentioned.  It is why the Jets have struggled and will continue to struggle this year.

Spedman24
Spedman24

Rex is a great guy. I covered him his first 3 years in NY. He was literally one of the classiest and nicest guys in the NFL. Unfortunately a lot of the media has made him look like a fool...he is far from it. Jenny, congrats on your new gig w/MMQB.si

qwerty2002
qwerty2002

Best team in 2006, and it wasn't even close? Yeah, right, the best team is never the one that loses in its first playoff game. 

kcp1
kcp1

Tomlin beat you in, Caldwell beat you in  the other AFC Championship game. I wonder how you don't remember such a major thing and are a HC" ........ I think Tomlin beat him when Rex was defensive coordinator for the Ravens the year Joe Flacco was a rookie and led Balt to the AFC title game. I guess he feels like thats beating him even tho he wasnt HC.

vasanth_n
vasanth_n

Tomlin beat you in, Caldwell beat you in  the other AFC Championship game. I wonder how you don't remember such a major thing and are a HC

sadpatsfan
sadpatsfan

"Now if you'll excuse me, I need to help my players get fitted for their new cleats."

Spedman24
Spedman24

If they make the playoffs, you'll be sad.

Spedman24
Spedman24

One was about your mother smoking him off last nite

JennyVrentas
JennyVrentas

@kcp1 yes, that is correct. he meant as DC with Ravens and as HC with Jets. thanks for reading!

cousinrk
cousinrk

@sadpatsfanHAHAHAHA I get it a joke about feet. Wow that's so relevant two years later and extremely original as well.  Hey sadpatsfan anyone on your team get arrested this week yet?

exutechs
exutechs

Playoffs!!!!!? Playoffs!!!!!! I just hope the Sanchize can go a single drive without Buttfumblin for a TD. Geno Young, I mean...... JaMarcuss. Smith, I mean Geno Russell...., I mean Geno Leaf........ Geno Smith...... He will be a bust by seasons end and will have fans thinking back to the golden age of Jets QBs the Browning Nagle Era.....

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