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Rex says he may tone it down

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In his three years with the team, Jets coach Rex Ryan rarely has shown restraint when it comes to the things he says about his team.  He now says that, in the future, he possibly will.

Ryan told WFAN on Friday that he may tone things down when it comes to boasting, bragging, and/or guaranteeing.  He fears that his big talking may have put too much pressure on his team.

“My thing about, ‘I’ll guarantee that we get it done this year,’ I thought the bull’s-eye was going on my back, and that’s fine,” Ryan said.  “I was trying to put pressure on myself.  So that’s something that obviously I have to learn from.”

He justified his February 2011 guarantee of a Super Bowl win by pointing to his team’s success in 2009 and 2010, both of which seasons culminated in losses in the AFC title game.  “Clearly, when you have a team that went to back-to-back championship games, what else is there to go for?” Ryan said. “It’s Super Bowl or bust.  Well, we busted.”

Meanwhile, the Jets seem to be bursting with sound bites as their cross-stadium rivals prepare to chase their fifth Super Bowl berth since the last time the Jets played in the game as the AFL champions.  While some of the talk (including comments from owner Woody Johnson) was aimed at taking steam out of LaDainian Tomlinson’s remarks regarding the supposedly fractured relationship between quarterback Mark Sanchez and receiver Santonio Holmes, Ryan told season-ticket holders in a Friday conference call that surely could have waited until the Giants’ playoff run was over that he wasn’t involved in the offense because of the complex terminology employed by offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

“Quite honestly, the verbiage we had last season was probably a little much,” Ryan said.

“A little much.”  That probably should be the title of the team’s 2011 highlight video.

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58 Responses to “Rex says he may tone it down”
  1. 1phd says: Jan 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    I’m speechless.

  2. backinblack67 says: Jan 21, 2012 10:55 AM

    It would be nice…..but there is no way that loudmouth can keep his mouth shut. It is in his blood.

  3. towniesman says: Jan 21, 2012 10:56 AM

    say what you want rexie cuz no one takes it serious anyway

  4. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 21, 2012 10:58 AM

    No one is bigger than the realities of the NFL….It will eventually humble everyone that enters the league…

  5. cliverush says: Jan 21, 2012 10:59 AM

    A tiger does not change it’s stripes.

  6. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 21, 2012 11:00 AM

    Why Rex?

    I mean you have already made a complete ass out of yourelf every time you open your mouth.

    You have lost any and all credibility with the loser fanbase, the league, the nation, and your own players.

    Youhave embarressed yourself and your family with your fetishes.

    You have exposed yourself as in over your head as a Head Coach.

    You have showed that all you care about is mic and camera time, and put team/gameday preparation as a low priority.

    So why tone it down now? It’s too late.

  7. IainRWB says: Jan 21, 2012 11:00 AM

    Much better report than yesterday’s, but still presented with a negative slant. No need.

  8. 2sausage11 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:15 AM

    never happen just like a SB

  9. easyisle says: Jan 21, 2012 11:16 AM

    Making a public announcement that you’re going to talk less somewhat shows a lack of fully understanding the problem.

  10. lbijake says: Jan 21, 2012 11:17 AM

    Pound for pound one of the better coaches in the NFL!!

  11. wryly1 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:23 AM

    Bottom Line? Public statements, predictions, boasts, guarantees, bulletin board material and trash talking do NOT determine the outcome of football games.

  12. piratefreedom says: Jan 21, 2012 11:24 AM

    Rex will give up putting his foot in his mouth when the rest of us give up masturbation

  13. brownsclown says: Jan 21, 2012 11:24 AM

    He’s a big bellied, big mouthed lout. As log as he’s around the Jets will be a comedy of errors. My guess is 2012 will be his final curtain call.

    One thing he could do to help would be to put a foot in his mouth, who’s foot nobody knowns (maybe Braylon Edwards’)!

  14. indywilson40 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:25 AM

    I’ll guarantee he will not shut up.

  15. 6ball says: Jan 21, 2012 11:26 AM

    .

    Complex terminology ? Why didn’t Captain Holmes have an early morning “skull session ” with the offense to figure things out ?

    Oh, they did ? And they figured out that the playoffs would cut into future “skull sessions “. And that’s why they went 8-8. Okay.

    .

  16. patriotinvasion says: Jan 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    I could never imagine Bill Belichick not being involved in a huge portion of his team because the verbiage was “a little much”. That’s embarrassing if you’re a Jets fan. BTW Jets fans – you’ve all been pretty quiet lately as the Patriots close within 2 wins of their 4th Super Bowl title in 11 years.

  17. sfm073 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    Rex you don’t get it. Don’t say you may tone it down, just do it.

  18. zimaman says: Jan 21, 2012 11:28 AM

    do they make ear plugs for your eyes as well?

    this way I dont have to hear or see anything this blabbermouth has to say anymore

    maybe I should just borrow Coach Sunglasses eyeware now that he is a jest as well

  19. bucks12965 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:33 AM

    You’ve already proven to be a blow-hard idiot.

    It comes down to your record. If you win, you can say what you want.

    But getting crushed & then saying you’d play them again right now? Come on man!

  20. promin1 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    Did the light bulb finally go off Rex?

  21. wwwmattcom says: Jan 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    Rex won’t win in New Jersey. I think he needs to find a new team in order to change. Start with a clean slate. Start with players who aren’t scarred by him. Egos are sensitive. Oh yea and he will be hung out to dry when the Sanchize fails again.

  22. descendency says: Jan 21, 2012 11:37 AM

    Did he guarantee a Super Bowl after that?

  23. lastl00 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:38 AM

    He’s so fired after next year…

  24. fissels says: Jan 21, 2012 11:41 AM

    Shut up and get serious. The team and the fans deserve it

  25. thejuddstir says: Jan 21, 2012 11:45 AM

    Should this be considered a “rexymoron”?

  26. IMG says: Jan 21, 2012 11:48 AM

    so he felt a need to come out and say it? media hog anyone?
    Actions speak louder (or in this case softer) than words

  27. brutus9448 says: Jan 21, 2012 11:56 AM

    I think their playbook should become a pop up book. That way sanzhez might understand it better.

  28. calwilliams06 says: Jan 21, 2012 12:00 PM

    Actions speak louder than words.

    Only when you shut up will people believe that you’re shutting up.

  29. calwilliams06 says: Jan 21, 2012 12:01 PM

    thejuddstir says:

    Should this be considered a “rexymoron”?

    Quality.

  30. baboushka says: Jan 21, 2012 12:10 PM

    I’m not a Jets fan. In fact, I live in Boston. I am a Bears and patriots fan. But I give Rex and the Jets a pass on this weird “strike” season. Same with Philly. Weird things happened all over the league this year. NE and GB won with zero defense. SF and the Ravens won with zero offense. But as we approach Sunday’s games each team’s weakness is improving.

    I think the same thing will happen next year with the Jets, Chargers, Eagles and other teams with high promise. Rex needs top tone it down a lot. And let the players take the heat. They are the ones playing. But he needs to be Rex with the media and put a lot of heat on his coaches and team leaders. That team could be very good next year if they load up in the draft with Linebackers, Tight Ends and Running backs. Sign some journeyman OL for depth, like Damien Woody. Get some solid competition for Sanchez at QB with a guy like Vince Young or Kyle Orton. And keep all of their skill players except LT. The engine is off in those legs. IMO that is their ticket to the next level. It’s not very far away for them. Don’t overreact to a very weird season!

  31. tdk24 says: Jan 21, 2012 12:14 PM

    So why not tone it down by not having to come out and say you’re going to tone it down?!

  32. nyjalleffingday says: Jan 21, 2012 12:29 PM

    @easyisle & IMG

    No, Rex told Mike Francesa of WFAN these things in an interview. Francesa is famous for his massive grudge against the Jets because the Jets didn’t let their players onto his show for a long time. During the interview Francesa attempts to bait Ryan into saying or doing something foolish with some of his comments and Rex does an excellent job of disarming him with mea culpas and in my opinion an overall much better knowledge of the game.

  33. 2sausage11 says: Jan 21, 2012 12:42 PM

    The Jets have another HOME game this weekend

  34. goawayeverybody says: Jan 21, 2012 12:42 PM

    The problems with the Jets last season had nothing to do with Rex’s dealings with the media.

    Here are the problems with the Jets:

    1. A fatal inability to retain top-notch talent. Brad Smith, Shawn Ellis, and Braylon Edwards were allowed to walk. Woody said that Braylon was a “diva.” Well, he was a very effective diva who didn’t whine like Santonio when he didn’t get the ball. Not having Shawn Ellis destroyed the Jets’ pass rush. And Brad Smith kept defenses off guard constantly.

    2. Rex’s inability to control his locker room. If he’s such a great leader, why didn’t he rectify the problems with his personnel?

    What a sad pathetic year it was for the Jets. SMH.

  35. roamingabriel says: Jan 21, 2012 12:57 PM

    And Schottenheimer is a Ram!

    Now we’ll see if he’s the problem or if the Jets players are just too stupid……….

  36. waitingguilty says: Jan 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    a. Great closing line about “a little much…” well played.

    2. It’s amazing how much ill will Ryan has managed to stir up. If he had a clue or any sort of brain, he’d have parlayed 2 AFC championship games in 3 years into a long term, secure spot as a fixture in NY and a fan favorite. Instead, he’s on the verge of being run out of town on a rail.

    Unbelievable really. What a dolt.

  37. drunkenagitator says: Jan 21, 2012 1:13 PM

    Great coaches never run at the mouth like Rexy does. The Ryans are easily the most overrated NFL “coaching family” ever.

  38. ezwriter69 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:13 PM

    When your one and only strength as a coach is the ability to get a team to bond and believe in you and each other, it’s a bit of a problem when that team disintegrates into back-stabbing factions who disrespect you and the team very publicly… theres’ no putting the genie back in the bottle, Rex has lost this team and he’s lost all credibility.
    Start over, blow it up, try again… Rex must go.

  39. greysolon says: Jan 21, 2012 1:28 PM

    Great coordinator. Bad HC.

    Pretty common– only the particulars change.

  40. crazybeardedjack says: Jan 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Rex obviously doesn’t know the definition of the word “verbiage” or he’d know that if you’re dealing with it, things are too complicated by nature.

  41. grpatriot says: Jan 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    He was on WFAN talking about how the Ravens would win the game…..(Still using his D?)
    Wrong again Rexy, the Patriots know how to close the deal…3 SB this decade..
    Rex talks like he’s still an assistant Coach…….of the Ravens….Why, cause their still playing and he doesn’t want to kiss 6 Rings that Belichick would have if the Patriots win it all?

    I hope the Giants win and a revenge match from 2007! The only way to scrub that (miracle catch) from my long-term memory….

  42. sail105 says: Jan 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    thatobnoxiousguy really said it best. By the way where is the GM? Strangely quiet-must be working on his resume. No need for him really when they have Woody(head) and unsexie Rexie to run the show. Glad Shot got out-Fisher is a far better man to work for.

  43. corvusrex96 says: Jan 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    and this is why the Ravens picked Harbaugh over Rex. Unprofessional.

    Also it is not Rexy’s defense in Baltimore just like it wasn’t Marvin Lewis’s, Mike Nolan’s, Jack Del Rio’s, or Mike Smith’s and every other coach who parlayed their time with the greatest linebacker of his generation into a HC job.

  44. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 21, 2012 2:29 PM

    Rex Ryan was an excellent co-ordinator in Baltimore. He simply isn’t head-coaching material. If he’d go back to being just a defensive coach, he’d rock. He can’t handle the whole show though.

    grpatriot — the Giants would beat you again in the Super Bowl. Careful what you wish for.

  45. insider7 says: Jan 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    I’m just so excited to see which team will be able to get to the Super Bowl to face the Jets! The entire Jets team must already be there in Indianapolis, right? I mean, Rex knew last summer that they were going to play in this game. A true savant, that Rex Ryan!

    I hope the Patriots make it to the Super Bowl. Wouldn’t that be great? A Jets-Patriots Super Bowl! I wonder if the Patriots are good enough to get the chance to play the Jets in that game.

  46. barbeaux says: Jan 21, 2012 3:04 PM

    Overrated.

  47. commandercornpone says: Jan 21, 2012 3:27 PM

    of course it was rex’s obligation to get schottenheimer to simplify the offense. get him to simplify it or run him out asap.

    they could then make it more complex again after schottie was out of town. yet, santurdio is a turd no matter how complex the offense is.

    i dont think they missed edwards. smith and ellis, yes.

    when they got beat by the gynauts “at home”, that made them easy pickings for the next week for even the dolphins.

    too many distractions.

  48. carmelaanthonysoprano says: Jan 21, 2012 5:01 PM

    I hope he tones it down a little, but not entirely. I worry about the New York media and how half of them would lose their jobs.

    I always find it kind of funny. People apparently hate Rex, yet they love to talk about him. How many worth PFT posts have been about, “Rex says his players are more OK then than other team’s players.”

    Honestly, you guys are supposed to be journalists. Come on.

  49. olearyweb says: Jan 21, 2012 5:44 PM

    Rex reminds me of Rick Pitino as coach of the Celtics. Every win and every loss was about him. He was the star of the team and I’m sure he felt he was “protecting” his players, but they didn’t see it that way and neither, apparently, do the Jets players.

    He needs to get out of the way and let them have the responsibilities of winning and losing, but you can see from his attitude that he never will. His ego demands that everything is about him.

    He took quality players from Mangini and got to the Conference finals, but good, solid, high-character players kept leaving his team and he replaced them with big ego big mouths, just like him.

    He just doesn’t get it. How many coaches in the league are like him, loud and obnoxious? Yet he feels if someone isn’t insulting and arrogant, he isn’t competitive. Well, that is just another thing he is wrong about.

    His GM and owner love him. Great! As a Patriot fan, I hope he is right when he says, “I’ve got to be me,” because that will ensure that his Jets are irresponsible, arrogant blowhards like he is.

    When he said he would have two rings for the Chargers if they had hired him, it was an incredibly arrogant and self-centered remark, especially because he truly didn’t see it as an insult to Coach Turner. Of course it wasn’t, it was all about Rex Ryan as everything is.

  50. Deb says: Jan 21, 2012 6:08 PM

    The problem is that football players are often young guys with huge, fragile egos. The believe in Rex and buy into his hype–which is a good thing when it translates to them upping their game. But because they have huge, fragile egos, they don’t handle it well when they hit the inevitable adversity that comes to all teams.

    That’s where Rex’s strategy fails. His braggadocio has succeeded in giving the Jets a new, winning identity. But a lot of that identity is ego-based. So instead of pulling together when problems arise, they break ranks and start pointing accusatory fingers at each other. He’s got to find a way to make them believe in their potential without making them feel entitled.

  51. dd393 says: Jan 21, 2012 6:20 PM

    A buffoon posturing for the New York media, which we all know, the world revolves around.

  52. monropoobah says: Jan 21, 2012 7:02 PM

    sfm073 says:
    Jan 21, 2012 11:28 AM
    Rex you don’t get it. Don’t say you may tone it down, just do it.

    —————————————-
    he already has. someone here was just crying about how he didn’t speak up about all the jets controversy. rex has a great opportunity here. let’s see what he does with it.

  53. monropoobah says: Jan 21, 2012 7:17 PM

    goawayeverybody says:
    Jan 21, 2012 12:42 PM
    The problems with the Jets last season had nothing to do with Rex’s dealings with the media.

    Here are the problems with the Jets:

    1. A fatal inability to retain top-notch talent. Brad Smith, Shawn Ellis, and Braylon Edwards were allowed to walk. Woody said that Braylon was a “diva.” Well, he was a very effective diva who didn’t whine like Santonio when he didn’t get the ball. Not having Shawn Ellis destroyed the Jets’ pass rush. And Brad Smith kept defenses off guard constantly.

    ——————————————
    have you looked at stats for those who left? edwards for example had 15 catches for 181 yards on the season with sf and i believe got cut before year end. in general, they had 17 free agents to sign and couldn’t get them all. smith didbn’t do great either. how much should they have paid to keep him? they waited to get primaries done first and he skated in the meantime. what’re you gonna do? kerley replaces 30% of brad smith last year and will get 120 % this year.

  54. smashmouth1968 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:43 PM

    Poor Rex… I’m so glad he has seen the error of his ways.

  55. 1historian says: Jan 22, 2012 12:47 AM

    Notice he said he MAY tone it down – he did not say he WOULD.

    He cannot resist a microphone.

    But there is now law that says you have to read these silly columns about him.

    And you should at least look at the source for this breaking news BEFORE you read and then post.

    I checked the source first and did NOT read the column.

  56. biglebronski says: Jan 22, 2012 1:06 PM

    I’m not the biggest Rex fan, but I think it would be a mistake to tone down the attitude significantly. Rex has established an identity with that team, and whether people like it or not, that identity got them to back-to-back AFC championship games. You can’t give up your identity just because you missed the playoffs one time.

  57. conbro8 says: Jan 23, 2012 5:12 AM

    Wait, Rex will eat more of his words next season? So much for the weight loss– this guy’s plate is gonna be full all season long.

  58. jetfanfolife says: Jan 23, 2012 9:23 AM

    patriotinvasion says:
    Jan 21, 2012 11:28 AM
    I could never imagine Bill Belichick not being involved in a huge portion of his team because the verbiage was “a little much”. That’s embarrassing if you’re a Jets fan. BTW Jets fans – you’ve all been pretty quiet lately as the Patriots close within 2 wins of their 4th Super Bowl title in 11 years.

    —————————

    And that is ONLY BECAUSE we didn’t make it to the playoffs to beat the snot out of the Patriots in the playoffs “again” this year.

    But all is well as we share the same stadium with the Giants so I will gladly watch them beat the SNOT out of the Patriots again.

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