NFL Playoffs: Coach Rex Ryan Talks the Talk, But Can New York Jets Walk His Talk

Kate ConroySenior Analyst IIJanuary 8, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 19:  Rex Ryan, Head Coach of the New York Jets throws passes before the game against the New England Patriots on September 19, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Just in case you didn’t know, Rex Ryan is the coach of the New York Jets.

The New York Jets are the team to beat in the playoffs and are going to be crowned the Super Bowl champs in a couple of weeks—according to Ryan.

Ryan has carried this sentiment since preseason, when the Jets were featured on HBO's Hard Knocks and he added the date of the ticker-tape parade on the players’ 2010 season schedules.

As a player, having the coach believe in your team is fundamental in terms of overall and personal success. It breeds confidence in the locker-room, but that is where it should stay until you are holding the championship trophy.

When a coach in press conferences reiterates this same, “We are No. 1,” babble over and over, he not only loses creditability with the public, but with the players as well.

Look at Jets QB Mark Sanchez, a second-year player who has been shoved into a leadership role in New York, only to have Ryan throw him under the bus. Remember the Dec. 12 post-game after the Jets lost to the Miami Dolphins? Ryan aired the QB’s dirty laundry, when the receivers were at fault more then Sanchez.

Neither Sanchez, nor his teammates have benefited from Ryan’s no-holds-barred and "tell it like it is" attitude. The Jets lost three of their last four games and the one win against the Bills had most of the starters and the QB riding the bench.

Ryan’s attitude towards making the playoffs has certainly changed because the team couldn’t cash the checks that their coach has been writing on the field. 

Let’s not forget how unclassy the Jets are in general, but what role models do they have to learn from, if not the head coach.

If it’s not the non-stop cursing on the team’s preseason reality show, it is inappropriate behavior towards a female reporter, then not punishing a player for a DWI, followed by a staff member tripping an opposing player and the latest multiple foot-fetish videos released, Ryan doesn’t seem to want to get the picture.

Guess who will suffer from Ryan’s big mouth?

You guessed it: his Jets. Ryan has pissed off the wrong people, as the Patriots' Tom Brady and the Colts' Peyton Manning are two of the best QBs in the history of the game.

Brady and Manning are classy men who will take their anger towards Rex out on his Jets and the ending could be disastrous.

Brady sure stuck it to the Jets, as recently as Dec. 6, beating them 45-3. Surely Ryan’s mouth needed a shutting, and Brady definitely did that.

Ryan is good at making headlines from the New York Post, to SportsCenter, to Wheelhouse and again on Lady Loves Pinstripes, but not with the right intentions.

Ryan also started beef with the Ravens' Ray Lewis through the press, who he used to coach.

Lewis responded to Ryan, with my exact sentiment...please watch RAY LEWIS video to your right.

Finally, if Ryan’s Jets team is destined to be the last one standing, Jets fans should just remember that ignorance is bliss.