Back on February 1, while I was still reeling from the debacle of the 2011 New York Jets season, I wrote an article to make me feel better.
Anytime I lament my lifetime as a Jets fan without a Super Bowl (I was born four years after Super Bowl III), I flip through that slideshow to remember those players who put their bodies on the line and played with great pride for the Green and White.
This slideshow revisits that article, but looks at it from a different perspective.
Going back to the start of the Weeb Ewbank era, this article takes a look at the toughest Jets to play under every one of the team's head coaches.
There are a couple of rules that I had to establish in order to make this list. First, a player simply had to play one game under any head coach to be considered for his slide. I didn't try to tie specific players to specific coaches.
For example, Wayne Chrebet made his biggest mark with Bill Parcells, but I included him in the Rich Kotite era as a matter of semantics.
Also, I limited players to just one slide. So while Nick Mangold may be the toughest player to play for Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan, I only included him once.
The final rule was that I limited each slide to five players. I know that most coaches had dozens of true tough guys who played for them, but I have to draw the limit somewhere.