Rex Ryan goes to Joe Gibbs for work stoppage advice

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The Jets have experienced a lot of heartbreak lately.  To help change that trend, Rex Ryan spoke to the Godfather of work stoppages in the NFL coaching community.

“I called Joe Gibbs,” Ryan said at a meeting with prospective Jets business partners Wednesday, via the Jets’ website. “When they went through some work stoppages, the last two times the Washington Redskins won two Super Bowls.   So I figured that would be a good guy to call.”

The lockout will provide a unique challenge to coaching staffs. Those that are smart enough to adjust and think on their feed in unusual circumstances will be rewarded.

Ryan said Gibbs gave him some ideas and he has followed them “to a tee.” It would’t be a surprise if one of those pieces of advice was to pick the brain of other coaching minds. Ryan and the Jets have hosted a handful of coaching veterans to discuss certain subjects.

Ryan will pick Gibbs’ brain in person when they meet up in the coming days.

27 responses to “Rex Ryan goes to Joe Gibbs for work stoppage advice

  1. Interesting considering Papa Ryan was the HC of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986-1990 which included the infamous 1987 strike where replacement players were used.

  2. As a Redskins fan, one would hope that Shanahan would reach out to Gibbs like this because he’s going to need every bit of help he can get to win 6 games. Of course anything that speeds up the process of Shanahan going, I’m all in favor of.

  3. Going to the guy who won Super Bowls during walk-outs for advice makes a lot of sense.

    Rex is a crafty fox and this year just might be the year the Jets go all the way, especially if he figures out some angles that other head coaches miss.

    This lock-out nonsense may lead to some interesting games, yet. Well, maybe not.

  4. By “Joe Gibbs for advice” Greggggg means: “Pizza Hut for the lunch buffet”

  5. “Of course anything that speeds up the process of Shanahan going”

    You want to fire Shanahan after one year? lol, thinking like that is a big reason why the Redskins suck every year.

  6. “You want to fire Shanahan after one year? lol, thinking like that is a big reason why the Redskins suck every year.”

    I didn’t want him hired in the first place. It’s not easy having one of the worst owners in all of professional sports run your team into the ground.

  7. Rowbear sounds like a Dallas fan in disguise. Shanahan was more than qualified for the skins head coaching position, they are in a complete rebuilding mode its going to take time but the skins are in good hands.

  8. @ rowbear

    Ever think of becoming a broncos fan? You think the redskins have problems because of Shanahans sttyle/systems after one year as coach. Look at the bright side, Snyder could fire Shanahan and hire Josh McDaniels to totally dismantle the franchise, and draft 7th round guys in the first round after trading away all the all pro players on the roster.
    At least Shanahan did not blow up everything like McDaniels did to the Broncos.

    And, BTW, I bet McD would take the head coach job in Wash in a heartbeat. Jus saying, give the man a chance for more than a year.

  9. Ah yes, the good hands that traded for McNabb. That was a great move that should only set them back 2-3 more years and we know Snyder doesn’t give any coach more than 3 years.

  10. @willycents

    The Skins have had problems long before the Shanahans came to town. Trading a 2nd and 4th for McNabb was terrible, but of course they made terrible picks in previous years. Yes, they finally did the right thing in this year’s draft by trading down and picking up extra picks, but that’s one thing.

    Having Portis gone is good, but that was a no-brainer that should have happened earlier. Waiting until your second pick of the 7th round to draft an OL was stupid.

    Bottom line, Shanahan couldn’t blow up the Redskins because they had already been blown up, but I haven’t seen anything so far to show he’s done anything good.

  11. “Joe, how did you win three Super Bowl’s without guaranteeing any of them? How do you eat only 3 meals a day? How do you avoid seductive feet?”

  12. The Gibbs years had some great football teams [4 SB appearances, 3 SB trophies]. Ryan was smart to contact Gibbs, and, frankly, the other coaches were dumb not to think of it.

  13. nyjalleffingday says: People hate hard on Ryan, but even though they close their eyes, it’s easy to see what makes Ryan a good coach.

    Classic

    Only a Jets fan would suggest it’s easy to see with your eyes closed.

  14. When Gibbs was coaching during the players strike, the teams could and did hire any player thay wanted. This is a LOCK OUT, there are no players to hire. Gibbs recently coached the Redskins and you saw what a diaster that was for him after being out of football for so long. So much for picking his brain.

  15. @rowbear yes Shanahan made the mistake of trading 2 picks for McNabb but he was left in a huge hole from Cerrato. He was left without 2nd and 3rd round picks in 2010 (which cost us our chance of trading up for Sam Bradford) and a roster that was old and completely talentless. Not to mention he was left with a disgruntled Haynesworth to deal with.

    Hes running this project the right way now, hell we have 12 rookies this year. We usually don’t even have 7 a year. The Atogwe contract was very smart for us and i believe thats a sign of things to come in free agency.

  16. @kmcdonald5500

    I already admitted that the team had serious issues before Shanahan arrived and you just made my point for me. If you have a bunch of holes, do you trade two picks (one of which is a high 2nd) for an aging QB, that wasn’t that great to begin with and that a divisional rival was so willing to dump in your lap? If that doesn’t send up red flags, I don’t know what does.

    Yes, there were 12 picks this year, but half of them were in the 6th and 7th rounds so let’s not get overly excited. The signing of Atogwe was a good move.

  17. “nypd1056 says: May 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    When Gibbs was coaching during the players strike, the teams could and did hire any player thay wanted. This is a LOCK OUT, there are no players to hire. Gibbs recently coached the Redskins and you saw what a diaster that was for him after being out of football for so long. So much for picking his brain.”

    let me get this straight….Gibbs comes to a franchise that Steve Spurrier left in complete ruins. Gibbs comes in and completely retools the team fairly quickly…Takes the team to two playoffs appearances in 4 years after a 12 year lay off. One of the two years he has to deal with many injuries,including QB, and at 5 & 6 you have to deal with the death of a top player on your team at mid season and rallied to get them into the playoffs. He stepped down as coach because his grand son had cancer and wanted to be home in NC to be with his family. He even stayed on one more year after hearing the news cause he made a commitment to the the team.

    You call that a disaster? How can you even run your mouth and disrespect such humble, honorable guy who is one of the best ever to Coach in the NFL. No he did not win a SB in his second stint. But i commend him for coming back and competing as a head coach with the same franchise with all the pressure and expectations that would come along with that! RESPECT! ! ! !

    He was one of the winning est coaches in NFL history, at that time having a record of 124 wins and 60 losses, and a post-season record of 16 wins and five losses. His combined winning percentage of .683 was third all-time (behind Vince Lombardi and John Madden). In his 12 seasons, the Redskins won 4 NFC East titles, reached the playoffs 8 times, and finished with a losing record only one season (7–9 in 1988). Gibbs is also the only NFL coach to ever win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks and three different starting running backs.

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