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Rhodes didn't feel like focal point of defense

K. Rhodes.jpgKerry Rhodes swerved off the high road Tuesday and crashed into an embankment in comments to ESPN Radio 1050 Tuesday.

Rhodes said he started off with the Jets coaching staff on the wrong foot.

“It just didn’t feel like I was the focal point or one of the focal points of the defense.  It was more like, ‘Oh, we brought in our guys … and our guys know the system, so we’re going to let them run things and you guys just learn it and fill in with them,” Rhodes said.

“To me, it doesn’t work that way. Not to sound arrogant, but I’ve always been the guy that coaches would say, ‘Okay, you run the defense, you help them get lined up and make plays. It was kind of a slap in the face.”

Rhodes has already tweeted that he thinks the New York media is twisting his words.  But his comments showed why Rex Ryan’s staff tired of him.  It’s all about Kerry.  He felt like he was owed something. 

“Whenever you come in as a new coaching staff, and you already have guys set in stone that are known as playmakers, you should tailor things around them and make sure they fit in well and feel comfortable as well.  I never felt that way.”

Rhodes alluded to old Ravens getting favored, but David Harris, Darrelle Revis, Kris Jenkins, and Calvin Pace never played for Ryan before.  They performed great. 

“In the beginning, they didn’t make me feel the way I think you should
make people feel,” Rhodes said. “It just didn’t work.”

It wasn’t the media that gave up on Rhodes; it was one of the best defensive coaches in football.  Rhodes should learn something from that or he’s bound to repeat the same mistakes. 

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24 Responses to “Rhodes didn't feel like focal point of defense”
  1. FireJerryJones says: Mar 9, 2010 7:39 PM

    Sounds like an old girlfriend… pretty high maintenance, low output.

  2. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 9, 2010 7:40 PM

    How DARE Rex Ryan do it HIS way. I mean, his track record proves that he knows nothing about how to run a defense! And he’s only the head coach… why should he get his way?
    You’re funny Kerry.
    And unless your name is Ed Reed or Troy Polomolu… you’re not going to be the focal point of a defense from the safety position.
    They’ll have Kris Jenkins back this year, and now they have Cromartie. This defense is going to be fun to watch this next season… unless they’re playing your team, of course.

  3. valrich79 says: Mar 9, 2010 7:40 PM

    Damn that is one of the most ubsurd comments I have ever heard. That defense was amazing, and I have only that much more appreciation for the defense seeing the kind of malcontents that they had on board over there.
    rhodes talked his way oiut of a superBowl contender into a franchise that is about to fall back into that abyss it climbed out of pre – Kurt Warner.
    wisenhunt is a good coach, but the bidwells are notoriously bad

  4. CliveRush says: Mar 9, 2010 7:55 PM

    As a fan of a team in the same division it has been my observation that this player is just not very good. He is the one that QB’s pick on. Revis is by far the best in the league now and will benefit any Safety on the field. This will allow the coaches to run the defense, line up the players, and including Rhodes replacement help them make the plays. The RATS are getting better little by little.

  5. nyjshane88 says: Mar 9, 2010 7:57 PM

    As annoyed as i was when the trade went down, seeing these comments actually makes me feel a little better lol. Clearly he is a “me-first” guy and if those words dont prove it idk what does. They were #1 in pretty much every Def. category even with rhodes doing absolutely nothing. That being said, im gonna need to see more than Eric Smith fill his spot.

  6. ceetown22 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:02 PM

    And unless your name is Ed Reed or Troy Polomolu… you’re not going to be the focal point of a defense from the safety position.
    or Sean Taylor…
    HAIL SKINS!

  7. CanadianVikingFan says: Mar 9, 2010 8:04 PM

    Doesn’t matter, the Cardinals are in too bad of shape now..

  8. red13 says: Mar 9, 2010 8:09 PM

    Really, how Kerry was surprised that Rex Ryan didn’t want to build his offense around a guy who values being a model more than being a football player is mind-boggling. Rhodes has said in the past that he doesn’t want to get his face damaged in the NFL so he can be a model when he’s done. That sure doesn’t sound like a Ryan guy to me.

  9. tokyoo says: Mar 9, 2010 8:17 PM

    Poor ‘skins fans, season’s so poor they need to cheer for their dead safety

  10. FumbleNuts says: Mar 9, 2010 8:25 PM

    “In the beginning, they didn’t make me feel the way I think you should make people feel,” Rhodes said. “It just didn’t work.”
    Good luck with your new team, you’re going to need it!

  11. cletus mckracker says: Mar 9, 2010 8:33 PM

    unless your last name is revis, scott or harris…….suck it kerry.

  12. downsouth49er says: Mar 9, 2010 8:43 PM

    well kerry we’ll see how you like covering crabtree over the top when you have to and davis underneath…good luck with that lmao

  13. nobodybeatsdawiz says: Mar 9, 2010 9:22 PM

    a-dub and rhodes will handle anything the nfc west puts in front of them just fine….the 3 time NFC champs…dig it

  14. SimAlex2000 says: Mar 9, 2010 9:25 PM

    “Sounds like an old girlfriend… pretty high maintenance, low output.”
    LOL.

  15. Calir says: Mar 9, 2010 9:49 PM

    He was a pretty boy, focused a little too much on a future talking head job, and needed a kick in the behind. This change will be good for both sides.

  16. nyj-gate D says: Mar 9, 2010 9:55 PM

    kerry’s a bitch

  17. tacious says: Mar 9, 2010 10:16 PM

    After reading thru Rhodes’ comments, I couldn’t be happier as a Jets fan that that little bitch is no longer on the squad! Addition by subtraction!
    So long pussy…
    Oh, and Cardinals fans… good luck with that!

  18. Tim says: Mar 9, 2010 11:07 PM

    Jenkins missed most the season with an injury, how is that playing great?

  19. sandy70 says: Mar 9, 2010 11:32 PM

    nobodybeatsdawiz says:
    March 9, 2010 9:22 PM
    a-dub and rhodes will handle anything the nfc west puts in front of them just fine….the 3 time NFC champs…dig it
    ———————————————-
    You meant 3 cities since their last championship, right?
    Or 3 playoff appearances in the last 40 years?

  20. aikman8 says: Mar 10, 2010 12:47 AM

    kerry who?

  21. Gautam says: Mar 10, 2010 12:54 AM

    say what you want but questioning Rex Ryan’s defensive philosophy ? seriously ??

  22. misterj says: Mar 10, 2010 2:35 AM

    Although I agree Rhodes is out of line, Rosenthal is too.
    It’s pretty clear you were just namedropping some good defensive players on the Jets.
    Kris Jenkins played great? He didn’t even play half of the season. Maybe research the players before looking silly like that, dude.

  23. Adam says: Mar 10, 2010 2:38 AM

    From the same interview, Rhodes also said that if the Jets needed picks, they should have traded Sanchez.

  24. Tim says: Mar 10, 2010 5:07 AM

    Lol, you can truly tell who the Jets fans are with these comments…Kerry Rhodes definatly got a raw deal once Rex came to town. The whole favoring old Ravens or his “own players” was clearly evident. The same Jets fans writing him off now were the same ones talking how great he was two years ago (and were also calling a guy “Mangenius”). This guy is a good safety cocky or not and a great pick up for virtually nothing by the Cardinals. As a Giants fan, I’m excited about Rolle but if Rhodes could of been had for basically nothing I would of been just as satisfied…

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