It’s the first day of the offseason program, and Jets head coach Rex Ryan is back at it: Ryan expressed confidence, as he always does, that the Jets are going to be something special.
“I know we’re going to build a great team,” Ryan said, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Part of building a great team will be building a closer team. Ryan said he wants to build “a brotherhood” or a “tribe” full of players who get along. That wasn’t what the Jets had last year, but Ryan called it “great” that Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes, who feuded in 2011, have been working out together this offseason.
Ryan also reiterated that Sanchez is the starter and Tim Tebow is the backup, and there will be no quarterback controversy and no problems between the two of them. And he indicated that the problems that arose last season were mostly related to the fact that the Jets weren’t as good as they thought they’d be.
“When you don’t meet your expectations, it kills you,” Ryan said of the 2011 season.
In 2012, Ryan is confident he has a team that will meet his expectations. Then again, he was confident last year, too.