Rex Ryan became the head coach of the New York Jets in 2009, and from the day he was hired he has been giving the New York Jets opponents' bulletin board material week after week.
Upon his arrival to New York, Ryan had this famous line, "I didn't come here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings," and most Jets fans sat home smiling from ear to ear. Finally, a coach that wasn't afraid to step up and challenge the mighty New England Patriots for an AFC East championship.
There is just one problem, Rex Ryan hasn't been able to consistently defeat the Patriots. Now with the Jets at 8-6 this season and trying to hang onto that final playoff spot, the critics are starting to get on Ryan for his bravado.
When Rex Ryan boasts something to the media and the Jets win, he looks like a genius. But when he says something and they lose, he is perceived as, for lack of a better term, foolish.
For instance before the New York Jets home game against the San Diego Chargers, Ryan used one of his press conferences to speak about Norv Turner, the Chargers' head coach. Rex Ryan was interviewed for the Chargers head coaching job in 2007, and ultimately was beaten out by Turner.
When asked about how things would have been different if he was running the Chargers Ryan responded, "Well, I think I would have had a couple of rings," Ryan said and chuckled. "I'm telling you, those teams were loaded. There's no question about it. But things happen for a reason."
The New York Jets went on to defeat the Chargers 27-21, and so many applauded Ryan for his comments.
Rex Ryan's mouth is becoming an issue for many Jets fans though. In Ryan's first season as head coach, the New York Jets were statistically the No. 1 defense in the NFL. In 2010-2011, they were the No. 3 defense in the league. This season the New York Jets are the seventh best team in total defense, but at times they struggle to get to the passer, and have looked shaky at best.
Maybe Ryan's defense is not the problem, although this year's unit does have holes.
Rex Ryan has proclaimed that his team will win a Super Bowl this year. After two straight seasons in the AFC Championship game, Jets fans are now expecting a title.
No coach should ever even speak of Super Bowl when you do not have complete trust in your quarterback. This has been a major issue for the Jets this season. 41-year-old Mark Brunell has taken first team reps from Mark Sanchez in practice. Of course that only happens in weeks when Sanchez struggles in the previous game, but when a head coach puts so much pressure on a team and they struggle, he has to take responsibility.
One thing that you do have to say about Ryan, he has no problem admitting when he screws up, and takes responsibility for his team's bad losses. The players have to step up and take some of the blame too, and Ryan knows that. He is a great coach, and I think most Jets fans would agree that they wish he would be a bit more conservative at times.
Ryan will continue his coaching style, and without a doubt more headlines and bulletin board material will follow. New York Jets fans want a title, and Ryan better deliver on his promise of a Super Bowl, because that seat can get hot in a New York minute when you are a head coach in the Big Apple.