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Gholston says Rex Ryan wouldn’t give him a fair chance

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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.

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49 Responses to “Gholston says Rex Ryan wouldn’t give him a fair chance”
  1. bsizemore68 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:13 AM

    All he needs to do is look in the mirror to see why he didn’t have success in New York with the Jets, time to stop crying and start earning his over paid pay check. Bill

  2. coleman121280 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:14 AM

    Pass that Buck Vernon…

  3. vicktator says: Aug 23, 2011 7:15 AM

    Rex Ryan would give Bin Laden a fair chance if he knew how to play, Gholston needs to look in the mirror and stop making excuses.

  4. saturn1111 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:19 AM

    Hey Vernon,

    Keep your mouth shut and prove Rex wrong by playing the game at a higher level.

  5. Arun Krishnan says: Aug 23, 2011 7:26 AM

    This the same Rex who more than 1 in 5 players voted for as another team’s coach the’d most like to play for?Call him an arrogant, obnoxious blowhard who talks way more then he should if you will. You can’t criticise him for the way he stands up for his players though.

    The fact that Gholson stated he expected to be treated specially as a 1st round pick says it all. This is a performance driven league.

  6. june20102002 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:30 AM

    what a jerk!!!

    Ask Jim Leonard, Tyrell Suggs, Trevor Pryce, and a whole host of other players if and whengiven a chance to be playmakers if they didn’t take advantage of their opportunity.

    Since Magini drafted this guy, he has done NOTHING, zero. He never worked hard or was smart enough to take advantage of his talents.

    He is a bust, and will be one in Chicago, and who will he blame next? 6th pick overall, he should return all that money he got.

  7. june20102002 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:32 AM

    This also sounds a lot like Tebow and his ‘they took my opportunity from me’ crying without actually earning something.

  8. bcjim says: Aug 23, 2011 7:32 AM

    You have to toe the line with Rex in charge. He clearly didnt put his best foot forward.

  9. kitch1284 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:38 AM

    http://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2010/02/ny_jets_coach_rex_ryan_says_gh.html

    try again vernon… rex wanted you to be good so badly that he publicly came out and said you needed to be on the field more and that he expected big things from you last season… what did you do with those chances… nothing. when calvin pace went down you still didnt record a single sack.

  10. duanethomas says: Aug 23, 2011 7:44 AM

    He didnt play because he couldnt get around a parked truck.

  11. ruckinfidiculous says: Aug 23, 2011 7:48 AM

    “Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more [of a chance],” Gholston told the New York Post.

    That quote sums up why Gholston was a bust – it points to his attitude of being entitled to the starting spot due to the fact he was first round pick.

  12. august1969 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:49 AM

    He is right about one thing…Rex is fat!

  13. godofwine330 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:51 AM

    Coaches do that sometimes. Some do it because they did not want a player that the GM did. Some do it because they don’t want to be saddled with a player from the old regime (Tim Tebow).

    One poster last week said Eric Mangini wouldn’t give Colt McCoy gameplans until Wednesday, when other quarterbacks got theirs on Monday because he didn’t particularly want McCoy. It’s asinine, and it is only hurting yourself and the team to not give a guy a chance for any reason.

  14. justentertainingthestupid says: Aug 23, 2011 7:53 AM

    The Jets are going down this year! Hope you enjoyed the last 2 AFC title losses New Jersey. You won’t be back again anytime soon.

  15. kd75 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:55 AM

    Gholston sucks so bad that he can’t even trade a signed game jersey for tattoos in Columbus Ohio anymore…

  16. jewseverywhere says: Aug 23, 2011 7:56 AM

    Boo hoo.

  17. canjura says: Aug 23, 2011 7:57 AM

    Still surprised he wound up in Chicago and not in Oakland. Isn’t being a workout warrior all you need to do to become a Raider, JaWalrus Russel?

  18. disturbedshifty says: Aug 23, 2011 8:07 AM

    I hate the Jets. But even I know that guy was given all the chances in the world to get with the program.

  19. omegaichiban says: Aug 23, 2011 8:13 AM

    Waaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!

  20. richm2256 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:17 AM

    Yeah, either that or you suck, Vernon.

    He had three training camps and three full seasons to show what he could do, and what he can do is suck. This “position change” was done to move him back to his familiar position, and even THAT didn’t help.

    Sick of hearing would-be All Pro’s complaining about a “fair chance”. You PLAY your way to the Hall of Fame, it doesn’t get handed to you because you’re a first-round pick. I’m looking at you too, Tim Tebow.

    You’ve got a new “fair chance” in Chicago, Vernon, how ’bout you prove you’re right and Ryan is wrong by getting your first sack or something, OK?

  21. bdawk2020 says: Aug 23, 2011 8:23 AM

    Vernon is a big bust as of now…and probably always will be. I just wanna see what the guy can do as a 4-3 DE.

  22. hooptie says: Aug 23, 2011 8:23 AM

    Vern – you’ve embarrassed Buckeye nation.

    Signed
    Terrelle Pryor

  23. ny82jy says: Aug 23, 2011 8:32 AM

    This guy has got to be kidding. He was on the team for three years and did absolutly nothing. He was given nothing but chances. Ryan easily and should have cut his sorry a** after his first year as coach but he didnt. Now this turd is gonna come out and talk crap. Hey vernon guess what the jets picked up maybin and in one preseason game he has accomplished more than Gholston ever did by recording a sack and forced fumble. Now the Bears are gonna give him his ” fair chance” and he can show everyone again how much he sucks. I am so happy this scrub is off the Jets. No matter what he does this year i would never want him back.

  24. toonsterwu says: Aug 23, 2011 8:33 AM

    Seems like an odd complaint. Actually, if this is sort of true, I sort of respect Rex for it. Guys should have to earn playing time, regardless of their draft position.

    If Vernon wanted to complain about being drafted to a 3-4, that’s a separate issue and maybe understandable to a certain extent. But geesh, he sounds like a 5 year old. Grow up, your playing football for a living, in a league where only the best can play. You need to fight to show you belong.

    I actually think he’ll be alright with the Bears as a depth/wave end, where the pressure isn’t as great, and where he can be utilized in limited situations, as Idonije is set opposite Peppers.

  25. nyjetsmaniac says: Aug 23, 2011 8:52 AM

    Good Luck with the BEARS ! They look SOLID …..hahahahahahhaha

  26. backindasaddle says: Aug 23, 2011 8:57 AM

    This guy is a certified loser. Typical of a loser to point the finger elsewhere for his own failures. I remember watching “Hard Knocks” and saw how Rex was encouraging him along in a very positive way and thinking to myself….wow, Rex is really determined to make something out of this guy even though it’s pretty clear he’s a bust.

    Blaming Rex is pure BS and it’s a perfect illustration of this losers low character. It would not surprise me if this guy is out of the league in very short order and finds himself failing at one thing after another throughout his life. And I’m certain it will always be somebody else’s fault.

  27. flagstaffphotos says: Aug 23, 2011 9:08 AM

    So — Rex was blocking him and keeping him off the quarterback in all those games??

    Nice!

    I love it when a guy has ONE JOB to do on the football field, and CAN’T do it, but blames the coach.

  28. blackheld says: Aug 23, 2011 9:11 AM

    You know, when Edwards left, a national sports writer (who shall go unidentified) tweeted to me that for all the love Rex’s players have for him, the Jets guys sure are ready to leave if a dollar beckons.

    That said, Gholston didn’t show much, playing for the Jets, and Rex is heavily performance motivated, so I suspect it was a lot less Rex not liking the man, and a lot more Rex not liking the player.

    There are a lot of PITA football players in the NFL. Far as I can see, as long as they perform and stay out of jail and unsuspended, most of them have fairly secure roster spots. (Yeah, there’s T.O., but hey…)

    The Jets release of Gholston appears to simply be a case of addition by subtraction, and I doubt if there was one morning Rex got up and said, “Okay, today I’m gonna screw over that ass Gholston.”

  29. RexCanCoach says: Aug 23, 2011 9:26 AM

    Vernon is also mad at his mommy for not packing a lunch for him today, awwww.

  30. thewizardsrevenge says: Aug 23, 2011 9:31 AM

    If the potential was there the Pats would have scooped him up 5 minutes after he was available.

  31. torturedraiderfan says: Aug 23, 2011 9:38 AM

    Wow….the guy makes millions of dollars to play football and still wants to blame someone else when he fails to perform. The Bears should cut him just for saying it.

  32. patssmelllikepoo says: Aug 23, 2011 9:39 AM

    You know, when Edwards left, a national sports writer (who shall go unidentified) tweeted to me that for all the love Rex’s players have for him, the Jets guys sure are ready to leave if a dollar beckons.

    ————————————————

    The Jets stated they would welcome back Edwards at contract they felt fit his talents. Basically, Edwards ego screwed him into crap money on a crap team. I wouldn’t call 1 million semi-guaranteed “ready to leave if a dollar beckons”. Losing one quasi-high profile free agent out of 4 is not bad. So, in short you and that national sports writer are morons!!!

  33. snowpea84 says: Aug 23, 2011 9:49 AM

    Yeah, a roster spot for several years and no production…guess he never got a fair shot. He was a first round pick after all. He obviously should have jsut been handed the starting job for 4 or 5 years,

  34. m2karateman says: Aug 23, 2011 9:56 AM

    All I got out of that was “wah, wah, wah”….

  35. omegalh says: Aug 23, 2011 10:01 AM

    He can’t shake a reputation or a block. Stay professional Vernon.

  36. nahcouldntbethat says: Aug 23, 2011 10:11 AM

    Gholston put his money in the bank and then started working on getting released by the Jets. As a player he has no heart and he was barely visible on the field in practice or games.

    Not everybody can be a star, but a lot of people like Mike Devito and Eric Smith worked damn hard to get to the level below that. Gholston did the opposite.

  37. tformation says: Aug 23, 2011 10:16 AM

    Vern. A bit of advice. Don’t talk to the media. You suck at it.

    P.S. Get some sacks (as in plural, more than one) for the Bears this season or get your resume together.

  38. bturner032002 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:31 AM

    considering they have a really good pass coverage he should have hella sacks!

    BUST!

  39. akulabug says: Aug 23, 2011 10:35 AM

    I hate the Jets and Rexy but If Rex can’t get him to play defence that probably says it all.

  40. cousinrk says: Aug 23, 2011 10:38 AM

    If playing favorites means favoring players who don’t suck then I guess Vernon’s right

  41. pigskinswag says: Aug 23, 2011 10:43 AM

    Translation: I suck, but instead of admitting that I suck, I’d rather blame one of the best defensive minds in the game.

    Strong with the FAIL young Vernon is!

  42. mecos47 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:43 AM

    Rex didn’t like Vernons FOOT work.

  43. jetsarestacked says: Aug 23, 2011 10:56 AM

    Gholston got a lot of playing time early last season when calvin pace missed the first four games of the season. He actually played well against the run which is the part of his game that is underrated. He just cannot get after the qb one bit.

  44. FinFan68 says: Aug 23, 2011 10:57 AM

    He obviously felt entitled to a starting job because he was a 6th round pick. Maybe now he can put forth the effort necessary and help the bears. I’m not a big fan of Rex but Gholston needs to man up and accept responsibility for his (lack of) actions.

  45. pigskinswag says: Aug 23, 2011 11:09 AM

    He actually played well against the run which is the part of his game that is underrated. He just cannot get after the qb one bit.
    ___________________________________

    That’s exactly what makes him a BUST. He was drafted to be a pass rusher, yet I have as many sacks as he has in the NFL. NONE.

  46. CKL says: Aug 23, 2011 11:27 AM

    june20102002 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:30 AM

    what a jerk!!!

    Ask Jim Leonard, Tyrell Suggs, Trevor Pryce, and a whole host of other players if and whengiven a chance to be playmakers if they didn’t take advantage of their opportunity.

    Since Magini drafted this guy, he has done NOTHING, zero. He never worked hard or was smart enough to take advantage of his talents.

    He is a bust, and will be one in Chicago, and who will he blame next? 6th pick overall, he should return all that money he got.

    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Hey Pats fans, remember this guy talking crap about McCourty on another post while claiming up and down he was a Pats fan? Jets fan. It figures.
    HAHAHHA …we knew you were just a troll. And for no reason either.
    Lame.

  47. wakiash says: Aug 23, 2011 11:53 AM

    Whiner!

  48. electstat says: Aug 23, 2011 12:11 PM

    CKL says:
    Aug 23, 2011 11:27 AM
    june20102002 says: Aug 23, 2011 7:30 AM

    what a jerk!!!

    Ask Jim Leonard, Tyrell Suggs, Trevor Pryce, and a whole host of other players if and whengiven a chance to be playmakers if they didn’t take advantage of their opportunity.

    Since Magini drafted this guy, he has done NOTHING, zero. He never worked hard or was smart enough to take advantage of his talents.

    He is a bust, and will be one in Chicago, and who will he blame next? 6th pick overall, he should return all that money he got.

    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Hey Pats fans, remember this guy talking crap about McCourty on another post while claiming up and down he was a Pats fan? Jets fan. It figures.
    HAHAHHA …we knew you were just a troll. And for no reason either.
    Lame.

    ***************************************
    I guess I missed the required rule where you can only reply on articles related to the team you are a fan of. With that said, I still don’t see anything where he indicated he was a Jets fan.

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