The Jets' Wildcat offense had recently been constructed by Schottenheimer and carried out on the field by Brad Smith. It was a pretty significant part of the Jets; offensive attack in the 2010-11 season. Smith is now a member of the Bills, and Schottenheimer has moved on to St. Louis Rams.
Ryan is no stranger to putting his foot in his mouth. It seems as if every time he open his mouth, he makes headlines. He did it once again when discussing his optimism and excitement for Sparano's Wildcat packages.
Ryan praised Sparano for his creativity, but criticized Schottenheimer in the process.
In an article in the New York Post, Ryan joked about his former offensive coordinator by saying, “I told the team there’s only one coordinator that can stop the Wildcat with Brad Smith back there, and...it’s Brian Schottenheimer,”
Schottenheimer was with the Jets before Ryan was hired. He was not technically Ryan's choice because he was not brought in by him. This makes you wonder how their relationship was.
When the Jets were struggling offensively last season, Ryan took over the offense. This shows that he was frustrated and displeased with Schottenheimer. It's possible that Ryan never even wanted Schottenheimer there and that he is relieved to have Sparano as his offensive coordinator now. He was joking in his comments, but there is an old saying that goes, "Behind every joke there is some truth."
After the Jets' disappointing season, Ryan spoke on WFAN-AM and said he would consider toning down his comments. It appears as if he didn't consider it for that long.
While what he said wasn't very controversial, it was unnecessary. Mentioning Schottenheimer at all was unneeded when he was trying to discuss his pleasure with Sparano. You would never hear a coach like Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants say something like this.
Ryan once again proved why he is becoming more of a joke and is being taken less seriously. If Sparano's offense doesn't help the Jets have more success than last season, Ryan and his unprofessionalism could be out of a job.