A Proven Coach: Rex will be Rex, no matter what…
Added by Marvin Turner on August 8, 2011.
I had to write this article because for two years from the time Rex Ryan stepped in as the head coach of the New York Jets, the fans have been listening to comments on talk radio, headlines in the papers, and comments from fans of other teams around the league. Stories about how Rex Ryan has a big mouth, Rex Ryan should shut is mouth, Rex Ryan has not won anything, Rex Ryan has not proved anything….
So for all the Rex Ryan haters, all the naysayers, all the critics; let me give you a little history on a coach that arguably could be considered the best defensive coordinator the NFL has seen over the past 10 or so years:
From 1996 through 1998, the Ravens defense was ranked 30th, 25th and 22nd in the league. When Rex Ryan came in as the defensive line coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2004, the Ravens defense was ranked #2, #2, #2, #22, #3 and #6 in 2004.
Rex took over as the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2005, and from 2005 to 2008, his ranking as the defensive coordinator for the Ravens was #5, #1, #6, and #2 in 2008. As the New York Jets head coach from 2009 to 2010, Rex came in and took a team that was ranked 16th in total defense, a team in the NYJ that had no direction under the previous coach, and took that defense to a number one ranking in one year. Better yet, he lead that same team to the AFC championship game when most people around the NFL thought that was unlikely.
In 2010, Rex was at it again, leading his defense to a top four ranking and his team back to another AFC championship game. So when you put that all together in a nut shell, Rex has been in the NFL as a coach since 1999, 12 years of work. In that time, Rex has been a part of, and/or led 9 out of 12 teams to a top five defensive rating. How many defensive coordinators in the NFL over the past 10 years (other then the Steelers Dick LeBeau), can claim a record like that?
And so getting back to the success Rex Ryan has had with the Jets; people! he’s had that success with a very young QB that has not played consistently during the regular season. Rex’s defensive genius has played big brother to young Mark Sanchez for two years now, carrying the load for two seasons with an offense that has been very inconsistent, an offense ‘if I am not mistaken, that went 10 or so games in 2010, without scoring a touchdown in the first half.
Sometimes it does feel as if Rex Ryan feels that he can beat teams with defense alone. I am not saying he should not feel that way, but its time for Brian Schottenheimer and Mark Sanchez to show they can do their part because as I have pointed out in this article, the Jets fans know who we have in our head football coach.
For years the Jets organization had been laughed at, Jets fans made fun of because they routed for a team that for a long time, could not find the right combination in a GM and head coach that could change the direction of the franchise. We now have that GM, and a coach that has the organization/team in the news.
The New York Jets are here, very relevant. So for all you haters and naysayers, keep on talking and writing about what you don’t know because Jets fans will continue to follow the voice of a proven coach, head coach in Rex Ryan.