In his first season as head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan, former defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens took the Jets deep into the playoffs with his confidence and care for the players (i.e. waiting for Shaun Ellis to exit surgery during the off-season prior to his first season as head coach).
When Ryan arrived to coach the Jets, he arrived with some extra baggage; Jim Leohnard and Bart Scott. Once they arrived they brought an intensity that inspired the entire team which Jets fans have not seen in a while.
In the second week of the season, the Jets hosted the New England Patriots at Giants Stadium. For 9 years, the Patriots have terrorized the Jets at Giants Stadium but all of that changed with Rex Ryan as head coach. That Sunday, the Jets lead by quarterback Mark Sanchez beat the Patriots 16-9 which became one of the highlights of the season for the Jets.
Although Ryan made various rookie coach errors throughout the season; like saying that is was mathematically impossible for the Jets to make the playoffs, he did provide a level of confidence for the players that motivated. One of these would be Ryan's conference prior to playing the Bengals when he announced the Jets schedule through February 9. Ryan said the Jets would go on to win the Super Bowl and have a parade down the canyon of heroes on February 9.
Ryan did not come through with his prediction of the playoffs but still shows promise. With the return of defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, and a healed Shaun Ellis, Ryan's well-known exotic blitzes will be even more intimidating once the 2010 season arrives.
During Super Bowl week, Jets linebacker Bart Scott was with Adalius Thomas of the arch-rival New England Patriots and when Scott appeared on ESPN's "Mike and Mike Show" he said, "I was hanging with Adalius Thomas for Super Bowl week. We're buddies from back in the day. He's made it public that he's interested in joining Rex." Scott went on talking and later said about the possibility of Thomas on the Jets, "It would be exciting".