Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis says that even though it’s early in the offseason, it’s already become apparent that head coach Rex Ryan is taking more of a hands-on role with the team’s defense than he did last year.
Revis told Brian Costello of the New York Post that Ryan “did fade off a little bit” last year, and that he’s glad to see Ryan more closely involved in the defense this year.
“I don’t know the reason for it,” Revis said. “He’s a head coach. He has a lot on his plate. It’s a lot of pressure. It’s just something that maybe he thought he put more trust in the coaching staff and seeing that it kind of hurt us a little bit last year. Not to frown [on] any coaches or how they coach. It’s good to see your head coach being involved and maybe just putting his two cents in, just hearing his voice every now and then in the meeting room. I think it’s good.”
When stories came out at the end of the 2011 season that the Jets’ locker room was dysfunctional, Ryan acknowledged that he could have done a better job of staying on top of things. Revis said Ryan wasn’t aware of a lot of the problems within the locker room.
“Rex didn’t know some of the stuff that was going on,” Revis said. “He got wind of it at the tail end of the season. We tried to address it earlier through the players and it didn’t work. He was blind from it because he thought it was over. At the tail end all of this other stuff started coming out. I think that’s why he’s coming around more to be involved in what is going on and what everybody is doing and just talking to guys and making sure we’re sound as a team. . . . Toward the tail end [Ryan] said, ‘what’s going on?’ And everybody was like, ‘well, this is going on.’ He was like, ‘I didn’t even know.’ It’s like ‘well, it’s been going on for a number of weeks now. I don’t know how you can’t see it.’ It’s not him being ignorant to the situation . . . sometimes you might need somebody to come shake you up.”
This year, if things need to get shaken up, Ryan will be shaking things up himself.