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Rex Ryan guarantees Jets will have a close-knit locker room

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is flanked by quarterbacks Tebow and Sanchez during Jets training camp practice in Cortland Reuters

Jets coach Rex Ryan has backed off guaranteeing Super Bowls, and now he’s guaranteeing peace and harmony in the locker room.

In an interview on NFL Network’s NFL AM, Ryan said that he blames himself for the rift within the Jets in 2011, and he wants to be held personally accountable for healing the rift in 2012.

“I take full responsibility for what happened last year and I know what’s going to happen this year: This is going to be a close team,” Ryan said. “I don’t know how many games we’re going to win, but I can tell you one thing, that we will have a close football team.”

Ryan said that last year he delegated too much, and after assessing his own 2011 performance, he’s committed to a more hands-on role in 2012.

“When you have time to evaluate what went wrong, you start with yourself,” Ryan said. “And to me, I’m much better as more of a hands-on guy than I would be just sitting in the head coach’s chair. And that’s exactly what’s going to take place.”

If Ryan really is, as he says, the best defensive coach in the NFL, then his hands-on approach should make the Jets’ defense better. And if he’s as good as he thinks he is at bringing the locker room closer together, then the offense, which bickered in the huddle last year, should be better, too.

And Super Bowl guarantees aside, if the Jets miss the playoffs again this year, Ryan knows he’s the one who will take the blame.

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28 Responses to “Rex Ryan guarantees Jets will have a close-knit locker room”
  1. vincentbojackson says: Jul 30, 2012 10:07 AM

    How about you ease off on the guarantees Rex. Your track record speaks for itself.

  2. ninefingers9 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    Isn’t Ryan something like 0-3 on his ‘guarantees?’

  3. jbl429 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:14 AM

    Yea, I’m sure forcing your team to be close will work well. Like parents who force their kids to be close and constantly remind them they’re brothers and they have to be close. That’ll work out well.

    Rex, why don’t you back off all the talking and actually let your team work on it themselves? The guy just sounds stupider and stupider every time he opens his mouth. And he opens his mouth a lot.

  4. pwndabeer says: Jul 30, 2012 10:14 AM

    wow rex ryan opens his cavernous maw and makes an over the top statement about something even though the jests are totally irrelevant…

    thats some breaking news right there.

  5. rr2000k says: Jul 30, 2012 10:15 AM

    Yeah, we know how your guarantees are Rexy.

  6. realnflmaster says: Jul 30, 2012 10:16 AM

    He’s lost a lot of weight and has stopped guaranteeing Super Bowls.

    He’s on the right path. Time to get Super Bowl ring #2.

    J-E-T-S. JETS. JETS. JETS. WOOOOOO.

  7. wussbasket says: Jul 30, 2012 10:16 AM

    any time ryan guarantees something it completely blows up in his face. i see this blowing up in his face also, jets fans are gonna love this year.

  8. cpoled says: Jul 30, 2012 10:19 AM

    It’s so amazing all the Jets haters thst are out there. What Rex says about his team, every coach and player on other teams say about their teams. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be in the NFL trying to win. The NY area media has a lot to do with it. They over cover teams. When there’s a slow news day, they print personal opinion pieces. Unless your team is the Giants and just won the Suoer Bowl, every team is a loser, just like the Jets. Maybe you focus your “opinions” as to what will improve your team

  9. southpaw2k says: Jul 30, 2012 10:23 AM

    I was waiting for The Rex Who Cried Wolf and his latest guarantee. I am at the point where his blowhard talk just goes in one ear and out the other.

  10. bigredjbird says: Jul 30, 2012 10:25 AM

    The only thing Rex should putting a guarantee on is that he’ll be fatter tomorrow than he was today

  11. FinFan68 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:32 AM

    At least he has the ability to self-assess and be critical. There are a lot of things I don’t like about Rex but some things are just overblown. If he added a sense of discipline and accountability he would be much better as a HC. Still, he is one of the better defensive guys in the NFL and if he is more involved on that side of the ball the Jets should look a little better.

  12. 2dollarpbrs says: Jul 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    Yeah I am sure Tebow & Cromartie are already the best of friends

  13. cardmagnet says: Jul 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    I hope that works out better than his Super Bowl guarantees.

  14. raenray2 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:41 AM

    As I looked over this article a few times I see Rex never guarantee anything. He just said he was making sure the team remains a strong group. The only guarantee I heard was from the writer. None in Rexs quotes. Get your facts straight. I love how everyone jumps on Rex for everything he says. Granted there are a lot of patriot fans in here talking.you don’t hear us saying how the pats dynasty has been over. Last year was the first year they weren’t one and done in the playoffs. The only person on the new pats team with rings are Brady . Not even welkers has a ring. So of you guys win it all then you can brag and talk bit until you tits can figure out to beat the Giants which I don’t see happening since Brady only has a few years left the patriots will be the bottom feeders .and the way belichek is he will probably be a snake and retire as a coach the same uswest Brady leaves.

  15. heyguru1969 says: Jul 30, 2012 10:56 AM

    Actually Rex was being literal. He’s hired his Irish Grandmother to knit a green-and-white “stocking stitched” shawl, to cover the entire Jets locker room. So far she’s making excellent progress using these 3 steps:

    1) Knit a row
    2) Purl a row
    3) Take a swig

    He is hoping when she’s finished, she’ll still have enough strength to knit something large enough to cover his ego. Good luck with that, Gramma.

  16. igotgamenj says: Jul 30, 2012 10:58 AM

    Rex did you forget you have Santonio Holmes in your locker room.

  17. norseyapper says: Jul 30, 2012 11:33 AM

    It is one of life’s realities that coaches, and players, in the New York market get over analyzed and can hardly take a breath without having someone stick a mic in front of them.
    Ryan has a way of speaking in absolutes, which I would imagine are a reflection of what he truly thinks, but still kind of annoying.
    It’s got to be tough for his kind of personality to exist in the never ending spot light that is the Big Apple.

  18. mvp43 says: Jul 30, 2012 11:38 AM

    Just don’t take your team skeet shooting or anything like that, otherwise you’ll get the wrath of Jim Schwartz.

  19. roadtrip3500 says: Jul 30, 2012 12:15 PM

    Winning solves this problem and so many others. The Jets need only look as far as their stadium roommates to see a winning attitude, a happy locker room, and a head coach that gets respect and accountability from his players.

  20. cowboychris5xchamps says: Jul 30, 2012 12:22 PM

    I guarantee little Timmy Tebow will have a solo tackle while covering kicks this season!

  21. patriotinvasion says: Jul 30, 2012 12:31 PM

    When it’s all said and done, the Rex Ryan Jets era will be like March. In like a lion, out like a lamb…

    No one will ever remember it in 10 years time as they’ll have nothing to show for it other than some funny lines in Hard Knocks 2010.

  22. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jul 30, 2012 12:53 PM

    To the guy that says there are a lot of Jests haters out there, What do you expect? It’s not like they have a lot of lovable guys over there. As long as they have guys like S.H. and Cromartie on board a close knit locker room is a pipedream.

  23. weepingjebus says: Jul 30, 2012 1:48 PM

    Kinda hard to build a tight locker room and esprit de corps when anytime you go out in the hallway there’s some Giants player walking by festooned with SB rings like a human disco globe.

  24. namvet4 says: Jul 30, 2012 2:16 PM

    The “permanent” version of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus has taken up …………as the Gang Green NY Jets…. For local NY fans this is the best amateur entertainment for free this summer!!!

  25. elibestqbever says: Jul 30, 2012 2:33 PM

    Tebow and Sanchez combine 2-14 in practice with no revis lmfao

  26. jeffa43 says: Jul 30, 2012 3:15 PM

    In other Jets news, Holmes and Cromartie have their voice boxes removed….

  27. wallacejay says: Jul 30, 2012 4:21 PM

    The 2012 NFL season has officially started!

  28. pastabelly says: Jul 30, 2012 6:21 PM

    The 2010 Patriots had locker room issues. Belichick said nothing to the press. He just cleaned house and got rid of players. That just seems like a better way to address the problem.

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