Rex Ryan seems to be the kind of coach you either love or hate. These days, it looks like there are more lovers than haters on the Ryan bandwagon.
There's no denying that Rex is a loudmouth and tends to put his team in situations where they have to back up his claims. But in all his trash-talking bravado, it is always stated in a manner that shows a genuine love and respect for his players. This is evident in how many of his players give the impression that they would follow Rex off the edge of a cliff.
"Rex Daddy" (as he was affectionately called by his Ravens defensive players) had this kind of reputation as defensive coordinator in Baltimore, and he has it as the head coach of the Jets. Just look at how easy it was for Rex to get former Ravens standouts like Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard to follow him to NY. And the fact that Trevor Pryce eagerly went to the Jets after the Ravens released him, meanwhile knowing that the Ravens had every intention of bringing him back at the end of the week.
Pryce had this to say about Ryan: "I know you guys have talked about this, and it’s been said a billion times, but it’s more along the lines of saying, you want to play for Rex. He makes you want to play for him... He instills a confidence to you that you don’t have. I got released from Denver and that whole thing went down and he just thought I was more than I knew I was. By doing that, you don’t want to let somebody like that down. I became something that, it’s hard to explain, it made you want to live up to what he said about you. That’s the biggest compliment I can give him."
Rex Ryan isn't the only head coach in the history of the NFL to receive such adoration. Here is a look at 10 of the most beloved coaches in NFL history...five from the present, and five from the past.