Vernon Gholston is one of the biggest draft busts in recent NFL history, a No. 6 overall pick of the Jets who was supposed to be a great pass rusher, but who was cut without ever recording a single sack.
So who’s to blame for that? Gholston points the finger at Jets coach Rex Ryan, who according to Gholston was never willing to give him a fair chance to prove himself.
“Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more [of a chance],” Gholston told the New York Post. “It’s all about getting a fair shot and time in the system. With the Jets, it was constant position change and coaching change. There was no stability. I never really had that with the Jets.”
Gholston also said Ryan played favorites, and that Ryan perceived Gholston as unpopular in the locker room.
“Rex made a comment to me when he first came in that he thought I wasn’t liked by the guys on the team, then once he got there he saw that wasn’t the case,” Gholston said. “Those perceptions kind of determine the outcome, and it’s sad to say.”
Of course, even if Gholston is right that Ryan had it out for him, that wouldn’t explain why Gholston didn’t play well when Eric Mangini was the head coach. And Gholston is clearly in the minority inside the Jets’ locker room in not being able to get along with Ryan, who has been one of the league’s most popular coaches with his players.
So the fact that Gholston and Ryan didn’t see eye to eye probably says more about Gholston than it says about Ryan.