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Rex Ryan more concerned about kicking asses than putting them in seats

With the Jets facing a Jaguars-style struggle to sell tickets (given the decision to use PSLs on a widespread basis) and owner Woody Johnson guaranteeing that, regardless of how it all turns out, home games won’t be blacked out locally, the story isn’t complete until the head coach chimes in on the matter.

And the head coach says it’s not his job to worry about filling up the seats.

‘I’ll be honest with you.  I’m there to whip somebody’s ass,” Ryan told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News.  “So it doesn’t matter who’s there, who’s not there,
whatever.  I would love to have our stadium full and the fans going
crazy and supporting us.  That’s what you want.  I feel it.  We felt the
energy from those fans.”

Myers then asked Ryan whether he’d be disappointed if the PSLs don’t sell.

“I don’t care,” Ryan said.  “I’m going out there to whip somebody’s ass. 
Home.  Away.  That’s my job.  I don’t know the finances, people’s issues or
whatever.  I just know that we’re going to be a team that you’ll want to
watch and you’ll want to come out.  I’m going to say this:  Our team over
any team in the league — I would think you’d want to watch our team.”

It’s a far different tone than the one Ryan struck as the Jets prepared to host the Patriots last year.  Back then, a voice message from Ryan was sent to all season ticket holders pleading with them to show up, and to be very loud.

Less than a year later, he has become ambivalent.

We think we liked him better the other way.

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  1. FreeAgentPro says: May 14, 2010 9:59 AM

    A year ago, the media wasn’t pepppering him with the same type of questions. The PSLs weren’t an issue last season as they are now. A coach isn’t involved in PSL pricing – which is the issue behind unsold PSLs. All he can do is present the best product he can, and the people will come.

  2. Chapnasty2 says: May 14, 2010 10:00 AM

    Why do I like Rex Ryan more and more when he opens his mouth? We need more head coaches like this in the NFL.

  3. chc4 says: May 14, 2010 10:03 AM

    This guy is a complete blowhard. Just answer the friggin question without trying to make waves. His act will wear thin really soon.

  4. FrankfordYellowJackets says: May 14, 2010 10:04 AM

    Build it and they will come.

  5. Resolution says: May 14, 2010 10:04 AM

    “far different tone”? Are you crazy? There is a huge difference between being asking your fans to cheer vs asking people to purchase tickets.
    Why would _any_ head coach be involved in selling tickets? Why would anyone expect them to? Thats great that Rex called existing fans and asked them to cheer, so?
    I am not a jets fan, but if the head coach of my team started pushing tickets, and asking me to buy one I’d tell him nicely to stop wasting his time and go coach the TEAM, not the fans. Its the front office’s duty to sell tickets, no coach should be concerned with it.

  6. Nate is Gay for Brady says: May 14, 2010 10:06 AM

    Man I cannot wait until they fail this year. Then I’ll get to watch Rexy squirm and spout off every week after THEY get their asses kicked!

  7. ronmexico says: May 14, 2010 10:07 AM

    Rex’s weight loss plan is for most of the crap to run out of his mouth as opposed to being absorbed into his blood stream.
    He’ll be the most inspiring 7-9 coach you ever saw this year provided he doesn’t get to face everyone’s second string again.

  8. swervinmervin says: May 14, 2010 10:07 AM

    This guy is great. I hate the stinking Jets, but lets be real – this guy is a real football coach. The genuine article.

  9. Actlikea2yrold says: May 14, 2010 10:08 AM

    Tough talk…. Only problem is he hasnt won anything. And he isnt even coaching the best team in NY, let alone the rest of the league. But tough talk non the less. I love when reporters follw guys around and catch them when they’re drunk. He should be drinkin with Jerry Jones and Namath, they do the same thing.

  10. GRpatriot says: May 14, 2010 10:08 AM

    Verbose, especially considering he hasn’t won a damn thing yet! After awhile, this kind of yak will get old.
    We’re all trembling with fear in New England.

  11. KnuckleBucket says: May 14, 2010 10:15 AM

    As a pats fan I have a hatred for the jets. However, Rex Ryan is great. i love the attitude and the constant trash talking. It certainly is entertaining. Now lets see if he can back it up. Should be fun to watch…

  12. tryagain says: May 14, 2010 10:17 AM

    @chc4— They asked his opinion on something, exactly how is he supposed to answer it any better and where are these waves you are talking about? He didn’t call out anyone else or make anything into a big deal- I don’t get it- what the hell is he supposed to say that would please you?

  13. DarnSkippy says: May 14, 2010 10:22 AM

    Why would he want a sell out? There’d be less hot dogs left over for him.

  14. dboom92 says: May 14, 2010 10:22 AM

    Maybe Rex should look at the Jets home record last season before making boasts about whip anybody’s ass.

  15. guitarkevin says: May 14, 2010 10:27 AM

    “Keep it real Rex”

  16. Chizzle says: May 14, 2010 10:34 AM

    He doesn’t care about filling the stands because he wants the extra food that will be left in the concession stands. I can’t wait till we blow them out week 1.

  17. Michael LaRocca says: May 14, 2010 10:37 AM

    Kicking asses is much better than looking at them with Super Xray. Kill the ads.

  18. borg says: May 14, 2010 10:37 AM

    The crash and burn of this blowhard will be beautiful. Trivia question: How many AFC championships have the Jests won in the last 25 years…..2. This team’s success will hinge on “Red light, Green light” Sanchez….take the under.

  19. Howboutdemcowboys says: May 14, 2010 10:37 AM

    So. . . what he lacks in sophistication he makes up for in ass kicking?
    This guy needs to see a shrink; I sense a little manic depressive behavior

  20. silky says: May 14, 2010 10:41 AM

    ryan is right. its his job to coach his team, not sell PSLs.
    woody johnson might be the only guy in new york rooting for lebron NOT to come to ny. there’s got to be some contingent of people waiting to spend their discretionary income on knicks tickets if lebron comes. if he doesn’t, well then, that money can be used on other new york sports teams

  21. ZombieRevolution says: May 14, 2010 10:41 AM

    Another Florio “Mountain out of a mole hill” post. The article also said “He knows he can’t tell the fans how to spend their money, but he hopes they buy into his team. “Obviously, we want a butt in every seat,” he said.”
    He is as ambivalent as Florio is on stories that don’t generate webhits.

  22. borg says: May 14, 2010 10:43 AM

    Wrecks is my favorite carny worker. Back into the playoffs and get a soapbox to stand on….effing great country we live in. I predict a form of cardiac arrest by week 9

  23. DB26 says: May 14, 2010 10:43 AM

    Some things have been said recently by head coaches that really make me go from 6 to midnight.
    Ryan “It’s my job to kick asses, not sell tickets”. Glad to see he stays away from the political side of things and focuses on football. He is outspoken and a team leader. It is why the Jets WON’T be 7-9.
    Eric Mangini was quoted this week as stating “I want football players and guys who still love the game of football for what it is, not guys pouting over contracts”. This is why you will see guys like David Bowens, Jason Trusnik, and other lunch pail types get opportunities more often than not. They are there to play the game they love and feel blessed to get paid for it…. Not get paid to go to work which happens to be as a football player.
    Kudos to these coaches who know what their job is all about and that they love the game of football. Now we just need 30 more die hards in this league to bring the game back to what it once was that we all loved!

  24. vanhelsing says: May 14, 2010 10:44 AM

    Rex is right. if he does his job, fans will look way past johnson’s stupidity.

  25. doubldipp says: May 14, 2010 10:46 AM

    He gets that from his Dad Buddy Ryan,

  26. Tomcalimontana says: May 14, 2010 10:51 AM

    As the pressure to perform continues to rise with the “son of a Buddy”, I can not wait until the the “old Buddy” reveals himself and self destructs.

  27. philwauke says: May 14, 2010 10:51 AM

    Do they make lap bands for someone’s mouth?

  28. Jonky says: May 14, 2010 10:53 AM

    Unlike Belichick, Ryan doesn’t have the need to cheat in order to win. Belichick has never done anything in his life without cheating. He ruined his marriage. He ruined another families marriage. He broke his contract and he is known as the biggest cheater in the history of the NFL. I’m take Ryan’s brashness over Belichick’s lack of integrity any day.

  29. thefloater says: May 14, 2010 10:56 AM

    Rex Ryan’s impending failure is going to be epic.

  30. FreeAgentPro says: May 14, 2010 11:07 AM

    GR Patriot, what has Pat fans trembling is Tom Brady’s lack of focus on football. His ‘ family first’ excuse gets a pass from the media who keep parroting that he will be ready for football after his bi-coastal trips to see his kids – or practicing in Paris. I’d be worried, too.

  31. GirthyOne says: May 14, 2010 11:09 AM

    Your missing that his statement are made to sell tickets. Duh!

  32. Nuckinfutz says: May 14, 2010 11:11 AM

    Dude reminds me of Peter McNeely ………enjoying his 15 minutes of fame, before Belichick knocks him back on his fat ass.

  33. Krow says: May 14, 2010 11:21 AM

    Superbowl or bust.

  34. BRUTUS9448 says: May 14, 2010 11:24 AM

    I hope to god the jets stink this year to shut this guy up.

  35. chc4 says: May 14, 2010 11:31 AM

    @tryagain —
    How about saying “that’s not something I can control as a coach. The fans are important to us and give us a huge boost… we want them there, blah blah blah”. Instead he throws out this emphatic roar as if he’s trying show everyone how big his dick is. There are times to be intense and there are times to dial it back. If he’s balls to the wall all the time it’ll lose it’s impact after awhile. Hell the guy doesn’t even know when his team is still alive for the playoffs!

  36. LanMan says: May 14, 2010 11:38 AM

    If this doesn’t work out for Rex, and people start to turn on him, Plan B is to start the Crying Game to get people back on his side feeling sorry for him. The guy is a chameleon. He’ll change colors as he needs to in order to survive. Right now, he’s playing the defiant “It is what it is” coach. He’s not that guy. But I know who is. Oddly, both of them get flack for their approach.
    Jabba The Jet will at least make for good theater this year.

  37. Dogsweat says: May 14, 2010 11:47 AM

    Tubby Ryan fall is coming.
    Jets will go 5-11
    Tubby Ryan will eat Sanchez.

  38. JoeSixPack says: May 14, 2010 11:58 AM

    Even if Ryan loses his weight loss competition, to us, he’ll always be the Biggest Loser.

  39. Hap says: May 14, 2010 12:10 PM

    Dont you mean “Rex Ryan more concerned with BEING an ass than putting them in seats.”?

  40. Booker says: May 14, 2010 12:13 PM

    All these Jets haters, yet they are always glued to what is going on with them. I follow my team and could care less what the rest of the NFL is doing unless it is fantasy football related. Hate us if you want, but keep your comments on your own page where I wont see them.
    J….E….T…..S, JETS…..JETS…..JETS!!!!!

  41. JetChris says: May 14, 2010 12:21 PM

    WOW! Let the Jet hate continue….you all piss and moan when a coach doesnt saying anything and you cry when he does…WOW!! Gotta love Rex for being consistant and a good HC

  42. tryagain says: May 14, 2010 12:43 PM

    @ chc4- in essense that’s what he did say just not so pc and boring. he could be just like everyone else associated with the nfl and stick with the standards of saying nothing like ‘it is what it is’ gem of an answer, but instead he says what’s on his mind- oh, the horror.

  43. Bigbluefan says: May 14, 2010 12:53 PM

    PSL’s dont work for the ryans they would need to buy two seats for each member of that lard ass family
    Rex get over it already your the coach of the B team
    The Jets are now and always will be the redheaded stepchild
    But Woody thanks for sharing the cost of the new Giants Stadium

  44. ticophin says: May 14, 2010 1:05 PM

    Capt. Ahab:
    Ishmael, there he is once again!!! Port side, go for the mouth!!!!

  45. spudz says: May 14, 2010 1:06 PM

    Still cant believe this guy is a head coach…..

  46. Iā™„Patriots says: May 14, 2010 1:09 PM

    chc4 says: May 14, 2010 11:31 AM
    How about saying “that’s not something I can control as a coach. The fans are important to us and give us a huge boost… we want them there, blah blah blah”. Instead he throws out this emphatic roar as if he’s trying show everyone how big his dick is. There are times to be intense and there are times to dial it back. If he’s balls to the wall all the time it’ll lose it’s impact after awhile. Hell the guy doesn’t even know when his team is still alive for the playoffs!
    Most men that do these kinds of things are trying to make up for what they lack in the pants.

  47. wrekOgnize says: May 14, 2010 1:17 PM

    Fire him

  48. shiftyshellshocked says: May 14, 2010 1:38 PM

    The L.A. Jets. Maybe they can sell out a game there. Skol.

  49. HellRelle24 says: May 14, 2010 1:53 PM

    “still cant believe this guy is a headcoach”
    haha you jet haters are so pathetic its unreal.
    just admit that he is a god damn football coach, a defensive minded genius and he belongs coaching a team in the NFL. get over it already

  50. CleanSlaton says: May 14, 2010 1:56 PM

    Rex Ryan cares more about whipping someone’s ass than putting asses in the seats.
    He also added that he cares more about double cheeseburgers than whipping someone’s ass.

  51. ampats says: May 14, 2010 2:02 PM

    Kind of reminds you of someone who tells you what they are going to do but have never done it.
    Keep talking Jests fans,we will soon see if you can back it up.
    Do you really think you would have made the playoffs if the Colts had not pulled all their starters.
    Looking forward to seeing Rex crying and blobbering in December when the Jests are no longer in playoff competition.
    Yes all the nostradamus Jests fans will beat their chests and tell anyone who will listen how great they are and what they are going to do this season.
    The story remains the same 41 years later.
    My bet you will be 0-1 when you play the Pats at Giants stadium in week#2.
    Don’t worry about the PSL’s I’ll be down to buy tickets for that game along with the rest of New England. Stay home and drink beer what you do best!

  52. klecko says: May 14, 2010 2:16 PM

    I love the sound of fear in your posts losers. I hope we back right into the Superbowl like we almost did last year, Beat the Bengals at home… beat S.D. at home… and almost beat the colts at their house… Yeah we suck… Not!

  53. robsterNY says: May 14, 2010 2:32 PM

    The only blowhard in this whole thing is Florio..Rex Ryan is not ambivalent…Hes doing and saying what a REAL football coach should. Its not his job to worry about ticket sales!. Unlike ALL the other coaches I see in the NFL Rex at least has the stones to say what he means and doesnt worry about being How hes viewed. His job is to have his team ready ,willing, and able to Kick ass when the season begins ….This whole ticket sales thing is a crock….The place will be packed ..NY is not Jacksonville…and it will be loud and crazy…we have no problem with a fan base …never did….never will

  54. Drat says: May 14, 2010 2:44 PM

    Florio. What a dork. This is a strategy Ryan is using to fill seats and everyone can see that. There are times you don’t have to be so literal, old boy.

  55. dthomas53 says: May 14, 2010 2:46 PM

    Jets fans LOVE our Rex. Haters, keep it comin’…

  56. robsterNY says: May 14, 2010 2:48 PM

    @ampats….Your the reason most of us Jet fans have been waiting years to just to see this jets defense fling Brady accross the field into the waiting arms of Belicheat….you aint done squat since you got busted cheating . Your Rings ought to be taken from you!……But thats the past …come this year we will hand you a new present ….Patiots with there mouths filled with Jet Grass!!!

  57. Franchise says: May 14, 2010 2:50 PM

    You Jets and Pats fans are as solid as a wet paper bag when things go bad.
    That said, I’m going to love it when the Dolphins end up winning the division.

  58. Catamount says: May 14, 2010 2:50 PM

    Love the first person references and tough talk when he will not be on the field. Love someone who refers to team as “I” and “me”. Love someone whose front office has put hairs on his chest and not his coaching.
    What a side show.

  59. ItalianArmyGuy. says: May 14, 2010 4:15 PM

    speaking of ass,SexyRexy has a big one that I’d like to tap..hell yeah….Me,him and woody johnson would make 1 hell of a party.

  60. ampats says: May 14, 2010 4:17 PM

    robster you said it best,
    most of us jets fans have been waiting for years
    41 to be exact!

  61. funi says: May 14, 2010 4:38 PM

    WHy woudl I care abotu asses in the seats, I am new spokesman for the lapband procedure! I went from a obese, lard ass, shittalking head coach of a 9-7 team in 2009 to an overweight, lard ass shit talking head coach of a 8-8 team in 2010!

  62. GangGreenCominAtYa says: May 14, 2010 5:18 PM

    i just want the season to be here already, so tired of hearing pats and dolphins fans talk so much trash. idk why dolphins fans think they have such a great team, oh right..probably cause the dolphins backed into the playoffs 2 years ago when the jets let them win so the pats wouldn’t get in. yea dolphins fans keep up the talking cause you deserve to right? cause your team smoked the jets last year right? your team won each game by less than a TD, its not like you spanked the jets and dominated them both games. and the pats have owned the division for the past decade, nothing really any jets fan can say about them. the only thing that i would worry about in new england is tom brady’s focus on football, but im sure he’ll be ready to go..that said im dying to watch some competitive divisional games.

  63. Jonky says: May 14, 2010 5:20 PM

    Jet haters are afraid. They are very very afraid. Ryan took a second rate defense and with one major and one minor FA signing turned it into the best in the NFL. Now all they can do is wet themselves in fear of the Jet defense. Brady is even too afraid to attend team activities.

  64. Kris Jenkins is a Grizzly Bear says: May 14, 2010 6:15 PM

    all this Jets hate is DELICIOUS! i cant wait for the season to start so the Jets can shut all you idiots up.
    get used to all the bravado from the jets because we are F’n stacked! i cant wait to see our defense absolutely nut all over opposing offenses.

  65. BIGGESTJETFAN-NJ says: May 14, 2010 6:27 PM

    Jets Haters PLZ READ!!!!!
    Are you kidding? You all are dreaming of a bust cause you are so NERVOUS!!
    Best Defense in the NFL last year is getting Kris Jenkins back who takes two to cover. Antonio Cromartie who is going back to his pro bowl style of MAN TO MAN coverage not cover and the jets are doing right by him. We added arguably the best Corner in Kyle Wison to come out of the draft to cover the middle in the Nickle along with the sweet baby Jesus himself, REVIS!!
    We got younger at RB except for TJ who will be missed!! WE added a SUPERBOWL MVP in HOLMES to open up the field across from EDWARDS who runs amazing routes and at the end of the season was catching Everything including that 80 yard bomb in AFC Championship. ADD Cotchrey with great hand and KELLER who is top 5 tight ends in the leauge.
    and a pass rush threat in taylor now. he had 7 sacks last yr behind a sh!t line.
    Rex is the most motivated coach in the NFL. Come see us!! Talk what you want. Make us the underdogs again just like we want. See u in the Fall girls.

  66. ItalianArmyGuy. says: May 14, 2010 6:52 PM

    @kris jenkins is a grizzly bear…..get used to all the bravado from the jets because we are F’n stacked! i can’t wait to see our defense absolutely nut all over opposing offenses……we can’t wait to see your offense absolutely turn it over to all the defenses…and speaking of NUTS,maybe you jets fans shouldn’t blow yours after game 2 like last year when you beat the patriots in the super bowl….F’n LOSER!!

  67. Kris Jenkins is a Grizzly Bear says: May 14, 2010 7:20 PM

    pipedown you choad and start worrying about the pats instead of what the jets are doing. the pats offense is awfully tame without welker playing. i cant wait for the jets to smack them around week 2.

  68. BIGGESTJETFAN-NJ says: May 14, 2010 8:24 PM

    Italian ARMY!!!! I live in the usa but I am A Italian ARMY!!!! Corney!!! You are a wierdo. U should be on a soccer website. Whos ur team??? The milan wife beaters???

  69. FumbleNuts says: May 15, 2010 1:03 AM


  70. GoBrowns19 says: May 15, 2010 8:05 AM

    You can forget about using the fans’ energy. As much as those PSL’s cost, you’re going to have a wine and cheese crowd from now on.

  71. GRpatriot says: May 15, 2010 10:10 AM

    GR Patriot, what has Pat fans trembling is Tom Brady’s lack of focus on football. His ‘ family first’ excuse gets a pass from the media who keep parroting that he will be ready for football after his bi-coastal trips to see his kids – or practicing in Paris. I’d be worried, too.
    Now that’s funny! FAPro….ever heard of sarcasm??? OK TB has won SUPERBOWLS! (3) Just because he has a family and spends time with them, he can’t win? One the one hand you have a 1st time HC, and the other a multiple SuperBowl winning QB..
    Believe me TB is the least of my worries! I can see were you should be worried with the additions at WR! Proven Moss, Welker and Holt.
    2007 record holders! This year they’re deeper at WR than 2007, what me worry? Not likely…..

  72. Venerable Axiom says: May 16, 2010 9:51 AM

    Before destruction a person’s heart is arrogant, but humility comes before honor.
    Proverbs 18:12

  73. QB or not QB says: May 16, 2010 8:29 PM

    Son of Mr. Potato Head will not succeed because the league does not like his outspoken style. Once the league resticts his outbursts with a fine or two, the NY Media will be on him like sharks attracted to blood. His demise will be slow, but sure with on PR mistake after another.

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