All Prattle, No Hat? Is Rex Ryan the Coaches Answer to Joey Porter?

Deb LagardeCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2009

New New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan has quickly become a favorite topic on sports blogs. And, why not? As with the old Joe Namath "guarantee" of winning Super Bowl Three against the Colts that he made good on, Jets fans, ownership-management, and players are hoping Ryan can make good on his own guarantees, which he stated in his first press conference after being made the Jets HC.

According to the New's Jets Sports Forum page: "I see a quick fix -- not even a fix," said Ryan. "This team is right there. That's exciting. Most teams you come into, you're taking over a team that won two, three, four football games. This is a team that was right there at the end, won nine  games. I think the expectations are going to be huge. And they should be. I expect to win and win early."

Now it is true that the Patriots, Dolphins, and Bills will have something to say on the field about that...As will the rather tough AFC South (Titans, Colts, Texans, Jaguars) and the very tough NFC South (Panthers, Falcons, Bucs, Saints), in 2009.

But still, if Ryan believes that he can do to the Jets what Tony Sparano/Bill Parcells did for the Dolphins in 2008, and can convince the players that this will happen in 2009, then one can say the "sky is the limit" for the Jets.

At the same press conference where Ryan claimed there were so many cameras that it looked as if "the new President" was here, Ryan claimed, as if he was channeling Joey Porter: "If you take a swipe at one of our guys, we are going to take a swipe at two of yours."

Now, we all know Porter is a loudmouth.

Commenting on the Broncos' receiver Brandon Marshall's lack of receptions when Denver played Miami in Denver in Week Nine of the regular season,"He's one of those guys that if he don't get the ball in the first two series in the first quarter, he's out of it."

And about playing against the Patriots: “I just know [Matt Cassel's] not a Tom Brady,” Porter said, according to Tim Graham of “So if it’s not Tom Brady, it shouldn’t be that hard.” (It wasn't, in week three, when the Dolphins first unleashed the "Wildcat" offense the Pats defense had no clue about.) But how does this explain the fact that in Week 12, the Patriots were all over Miami's D in the fourth quarter?

Speaking of which, when Dolphin Coach Tony Sparano benched Porter in that Week 12 Pats game, Porter was having none of it, and walked back onto the field sending his replacement back to the bench.

This is the same Joey Porter that constantly argued with 2007 1-15 Coach Cam Cameron...among several other turmoils that forgettable Dolphins teams had to endure.

But I have to wonder. Porter had made several whiny comments before that second Pats game regarding the fact that in Week Three, the Pats players "interrupted" a Dolphin practice, showing undue "lack of respect" in Porter's mind.

Perhaps Porter was so unhinged by that--and the fact that the Pats were well on their way to winning that second game, 48-28, that after Sparano finally did discipline him, Porter seemed to forget that he was supposed to break the all-time Dolphin sack record recorded by Bill Stanfill of the 1973 No Name Defense (18.5 sacks), as well as his other rather
suffering play the rest of the year, except for that game saving sack against the 49ers.

That is, Porter, who has been effective for the Dolphins this past year and was on the short list to be Defensive Player of the Year, has a mouth equal at least to his play effectiveness--sometimes. I think Porter would be even more effective if he just
shut up and let his field play speak for him, but then again he wouldn't be Joey Porter.

Now the bloggers are also saying that Rex Ryan is his father's child. Buddy Ryan, that is. You know, a defensive coach for the Jets only Super Bowl win. And Rex Ryan has his own Super Bowl ring with the 2000 Ravens as Defensive Coordinator. And
of course, Joey Porter has his own Super Bowl ring with the 2005 Steelers.

But does that mean as Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan will "guarantee" a Super Bowl win? Or at least some success in the playoffs? I guess we'll find out soon enough if Ryan is "all hat and no cattle," or, like Porter, just more prattle.