Hold Your Tongue Rex!
Prior to the start of last season, Head Coach Rex Ryan told the media this was his best team in New York. If Ryan was smart, he would avoid making ridiculous statements.
Going into Ryan’s fifth year as the Jets coach, he has shown he is not afraid to make bold statements to the media. Ryan’s bold statements have backfired in the past and have made him appear arrogant and incompetent to NFL fans.
The most infamous of his bold statements was on Feb. 24, 2011 when he guaranteed the Jets would win Super Bowl XLVI. “I believe this is the year we’re going to do it,” Ryan said, as reported by The Associated Press. “I believe this is the year we’re going to win the Super Bowl. The fact is, I thought we’d win it the first two years.”
Ryan ended up appearing like an idiot when the Jets finished the season with an 8-8 record. They had a chance to make the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, but they lost to the Miami Dolphins (who finished the season with a 6-10 record).
Supposedly, Ryan said in a July 26, 2013 press conference that he does not want to make any more bold predictions.
“…But you know what, I am confident. There is no question I am confident. I found out later that it wasn’t only coming down on me if we didn’t do it but it was coming down on our players and maybe they were feeling more pressure. So I will never do that again, no matter how confident I am. Am I guy who believes in this team and this organization? Absolutely.”
This is not the first time Ryan has said this. In an interview with NFL.com on Feb. 21, 2012, he said that he was finished making predictions.
Ryan must not have realized that he said that because he went on to issue a ridiculous statement on last year’s team. During the 2012 off-season, Ryan told the media that he was coaching his best team in New York.
The Jets 2012 season showed that Ryan was incompetent on talking to the media. The team finished with their worst record in Ryan’s coaching tenure, 6-10.
Ryan needs to realize that he has to change the types of statements he makes toward the media immediately. If he does not, then he will not return to the Jets next season.
Fans and the media may view Ryan as competent again if he starts issuing smarter statements.
Following the first preseason game, Ryan told the media that he did not see incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez throw an interception to rookie pass rusher Ziggy Ansah. Ansah returned it for a touchdown, pick-6, in a preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
Ryan should also stop making laughable ‘predictions’ to the media.
On July 27, Ryan told the media that he would most likely not be the team’s head coach next season if they draft the projected number one pick in the 2014 draft; University of South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. There is a chance that the Jets finish with six or eight wins and still have a chance to draft Clowney.
Anything can happen in a given season. Clowney could have a ‘bad’ season or sustain injury, which would make his draft stock drop.
The most beloved professional athletes are the ones who do not make ridiculous statements to the media, such as New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. If Ryan wants to be the Jets coach next season, then he should take some notes from Jeter and Manning’s press conferences.