New York Jets: Rex Ryan, Behind the Bravado Is a Humble Man

Josh McCainSenior Writer IJune 7, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets reacts during their 2011 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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When one thinks of Rex Ryan there are many adjectives that come to mind, cocky, arrogant, larger than life, likable, unlikable and many more.

One adjective that probably doesn't get mentioned when speaking of the New York Jets head coach is humble.

As first reported by, the boastful coach reached out to Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs for advice.

Gibbs told Ryan to take this time to get better and gain an advantage over your opponents.  Advice that Ryan plans to follow to a tee.

Ryan also said that he plans to reach out to other former coaches such as Tom Moore, Bobby Jackson and Dan Reeves.

This is a completely different Rex Ryan than the one seen on Sundays, as well as the one seen on HBO's Hard Knocks.  

That Ryan is portrayed as a cocky know-it-all who wouldn't dare ask for help.  He walks with a "swagger" and expects his players to follow suit.

However, with two losses in the playoffs Ryan may have figured out that he doesn't know everything there is about coaching and has decided to reach out to men who have been where he wants to go.

This humility by Ryan can only help the Jets in their quest for the Lombardi trophy.

And if indeed does follow the advice he gets to a tee then the Jets could be a very dangerous team next season.