Well Jets fans the circus is back in town courtesy of head coach Rex Ryan and his comment about the San Diego Chargers. Speaking on a conference call with the San Diego reporters Ryan offered the following comment regarding not being hired by the Chargers in 2007:
“Well, I think I would have had a couple of rings. I’m telling you, those teams were loaded. There’s no question about it. But things happen for a reason. Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there, and A.J. (Smith) and everybody. That’s a great franchise, and he’s probably the best guy for the job at that time.”
Upon hearing about Rex’s comments San Diego head coach Norv Turner offered:
“I hadn’t seen his quote and I was a little bit surprised by the call, and after I saw the quote I didn’t have the chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years.”
Ryan reportedly called Norv Turner to clarify his quote, but the damage was already done in the eyes of many.
My take: While I appreciate the swagger and bravado that Rex Ryan brings to the New York Jets, it is time for the head coach to get a grip and tone down his act, an act that is starting to get very old. These recent comments will not only be a distraction to his team, who will be swarmed by the media on Thursday, but will also inspire a very talented Chargers team coming off of a bye week. That is the last thing that the Jets need especially considering that they are sitting at 3-3, with all of those losses coming to conference opponents.
I honestly believe that Rex Ryan is starting to walk a fine line with his players as he is starting to write checks that his team cannot cash. Ryan is willing to tell everyone how great everything is, yet his offense is struggling to get first downs and the defense forgot how to stop the run. It is time for Rex to unite his team and improve the performance on the field, not spew nonsense to the media that will put additional pressure on his players. Actions speak louder than words Rex and right now your team is underachieving on both sides of the ball.
Revis named AFC Defensive Player of the Week: Several media outlets are reporting that New York Jets All Pro defensive back Darrelle Revis was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week following his performance on Monday night which included a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. Revis has 3 interceptions on the season.