Rex Ryan: Half Talk, Half Action

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IJanuary 18, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 03:  Rex Ryan, Head Coach of the New York Jets, has Gatorade dumped on him by players at the end of the fourth quarter in celebration of their 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at Giants Stadium on January 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As I was growing up, I learned that if I talked the talk, I have to walk the walk to go along with it.

So, I never talked becaused I never was 100 percent sure that I could walk.

However, there is a guy whose talk is as big as his belly, but he certainly walks marathons to back it up.

When Rex Ryan first got hired by the New York Jets, I said to myself, "Great hire! Now, they have made a great move."

However, I did not expect this. I thought with a rookie quarterback, they'd have a breaking in year, maybe make playoffs, and lose quickly because rookie quarterbacks don't win Super Bowls, they don't win playoff games.

Granted, Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens had won two playoff games the year before, but Joe Flacco had Ray Lewis and that great defense led by ironically, Rex Ryan.

Flacco was also the first guy in the Super Bowl era to do that. Rookie quarterbacks are liabilities in playoffs, and you have to have a passer today or teams just focus on the run.

So, it is not unreasonable to think the Jets wouldn't go this far in playoffs, especially since they almost didn't make it before the Indianapolis Colts decided to not care about an undefeated season and intentionally pulled their starters.

I also thought the Jets would be hurt because as great a coach as Rex Ryan is, he sometimes could use a case of lockjaw because he talks as much trash as the garbageman. He cannot silence himself.

I never believe in that because the last thing you want to do is give another team more reason to go out and humiliate you on the football field.

Rex Ryan is the exact opposite, and he is pulling it off masterfully.

He has arguably done the greatest coaching job we have seen in the past forty years. He has taken a ROOKIE quarterback, won nine games with him, and has gone to the AFC Championship game all within his FIRST year as a head coach.

That's unbelievable. Now, John Harbaugh, head coach of the Ravens, did that last year too, but I think Ryan's achievements are bigger because he was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens. He called that defense that shouldered the load for Flacco and not Harbaugh.

Rex Ryan did the exact same thing in one year, with a lot of new players, in a new environment. That's like me moving from Texas to Los Angeles and becoming the next Brad Pitt. I can't pull that off and Rex Ryan shouldn't have been able to either.

To pull this off, he had to take the running game to the max, and transform the defense to the best.

In 2008, the Jets were ninth in rushing yards and fifth in touchdowns. They are now first and third in those categories respectively.

In 2008, this team was 18th in overall defense. They are now number one. 17 ranks difference in one season. He took Darrelle Revis and made him the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.

He has won two playoff games with a team that is 31st in passing yards, 30th in passing touchdowns, and 27th in interceptions (The lower the rank, the more interceptions).

Can you spell one-dimensional? This team is all run, all defense, they shouldn't be this far in playoffs, but they are and it is because of Rex Ryan, mouth and all.

This guy is a genius as a head coach, and if I'm Jim Caldwell, I'm scared. This guy is better than Caldwell, this guy is probably better than most coaches in this league.

This guy scares me because if Mark Sanchez gets better, then they have the potential of, dare I say it? I DO! They have the fundamentals of a dynasty in the making.

Great defense, great running game, if you get a good to great quarterback with a coach who is arguably a snub for Coach of the Year, that spells championships.

I don't think he will have to kiss Belichick's rings. He'll have some of his own.

There is no fanbase more deserving of this guy than the loyal New York Jets.

May the curse of Joe Namath finally die.

And the gift of Rex Ryan begin.