WFAN’s Mike Francesa has always had the best word to describe the New York Jets during this Rex Ryan era: a circus. It may not even be a circus anymore. At this point you can use heavy amounts of profanity to describe this era. Actually, Rex is nothing but what Bea Arthur called Mel Brooks in History of the World: Part I: “a bull s**t artist.”
The big boastful cowardly lion that is Rex Ryan who is a spawn of arrogance with nothing to back it up (his father Buddy) has become a walking joke. Jets fans should want to Oedipus Rex their eyes and slowly pluck their ears when their head coach speaks on television.
It was enough that he and silver spoon in hand owner Woody Johnson made us wait a week to hear from them after a disastrous season; but where do they get the testicular fortitude to speak the way they did during Tuesday’s press conference?
After four years of guaranteed Super Bowls that never happened and a week vacation (and heavy feet licking), Rex is essentially asking for a mulligan.
So what your telling me Rex is even though your organization was smarter than everyone, had the best players, coaches and everyone who didn’t play for the Jets wanted to play for you, you’re admitting you failed. You failed miserably and now you think you have the right to start from scratch.
For a guy who claims himself to be so loyal, he threw everyone under the bus and let Johnson fire nearly everyone except him. Coordinators, the quarterback coach and the general manager are toast.
Never in sports have we seen an owner clean house but keep the head coach. Johnson sat next to Rex Tuesday like a father who is proud that his son at least participated in the race. He even had the nerve to call him sophisticated. A guy who irresponsibly runs his mouth and is the sloppiest dressed coach in football is sophisticated? I guess that makes me Clark Gable.
Other than Woodhead, all these players were big keys to the early success Rex had. With Rex though, Tannenbaum had to make sure every pick was OK with him or daddy Woody would be upset.
Rex made himself sound dumber when talking about the offense. He said the offense needs to “reflect who I am.” Well Rexy, last year when you hired Tony Sparano, you said he was exactly like you.
Oh let’s not forget how many people couldn’t stand Brian Schottenheimer when he was running the offense. Everyone pointed fingers at him for the offensive failure and laughed at Jeff Fisher when he hired him for the same position with the Rams. All Schotty has done is put Sam Bradford’s career back on track and utilize weapons that a majority of die hard football fans may not have heard of.
Wait, things get worse. Just when you thought the Jets couldn’t get anymore embarrassing, a promising GM turns them down for possibly the worse franchise in the NFL. The now former Director of Player Personnel of the Atlanta Falcons, Dave Caldwell, had scheduled a second interview with the Jets for the open GM job. Instead, he books to Jacksonville and takes the GM job there.
Let’s have some more fun and add insult to injury. Remember Rex’s first ever Cirque du press conference the day he was hired and what he said about the hooded coach? He said “I’m not here to kiss (Bill) Belichick’s rings.” Well Rex maybe you should.
See Rex, Tannenbaum and Mangini got you those great players. They first learned about football from Bill Belichick when they started out in Cleveland during the 90’s. Caldwell has been working under Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff who also started out in Cleveland under Belichick.
Perhaps the icing on the cake was Christmas Eve last year. Rex boasted often how his Jets were the best team in New York and that the two AFC Championship LOSSES meant something. Then came the humble Victor Cruz and the Giants to “JetLife” Stadium. The rest is history…and so are the Jets.
Karma happened that day. The hardworking Cruz with a straightjacket head coach and a quarterback who actually backs up what he says ran the Jets into oblivion. It changed them for the rest of this era.
When the Giants won the Super Bowl, Rex and Woody were drowning in each other’s tears. So they got desperate for attention and traded for a quarterback who lost a year of his career.
No one wants to play for the Jets. No one wants to work for the Jets. No one wants to come watch the Jets. PSL owners are selling their personal seat licenses for less than half of what they purchased them for. Why? Because they aren’t worth the gum on their shoes.
The Rex Ryan Jets have collapsed as quickly as they caught fire two years ago. To be honest, no coach and owner deserves this more than they do.