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Rex Ryan: I know I’m a great coach, getting fired is not a possibility

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Any NFL coach who misses the playoffs for two straight seasons has to know that he’s on the hot seat. But after missing the playoffs last year, Jets coach Rex Ryan says he doesn’t see any way he’s getting fired.

Asked on the Michael Kay Show about the possibility that he could be gone if this season is as disappointing as last season, Ryan said he doesn’t think so.

“I know I’m a great coach, and what makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the guys that play for me,” Ryan said. “It’s hard for me to look at myself as not being successful. I don’t see that as a possibility. One day, it might be 10 years from now or 15 years from now when Woody Johnson wants to go in a different direction, and that’s fine.”

Say this for Ryan: His confidence hasn’t flagged after an 8-8 season and an offseason in which the Jets have been the subject of constant criticism. And his job probably isn’t in jeopardy this year. But he’s going to have to have to prove he’s a great coach if he wants to stick around another 10 or 15 years.

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  1. jonsey2028 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:27 AM

    Has he seen his offense ? Very possible.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye says: Sep 4, 2012 7:31 AM

    Is there anyone in the nfl who says more and does less to back it up? Rex, shut up! Your delusions of grandeur are going to be the reason you never get another head coaching gig when you’re fired from this one at the end of this season.

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 4, 2012 7:32 AM

    The Ryans are an annoying bunch. Buddy was the worst.

  4. txxxchief says: Sep 4, 2012 7:35 AM

    Man, this guy really does live in a narcissistic fantasy land!

  5. dryheaveone says: Sep 4, 2012 7:36 AM

    I believe this is called, “whistling through the graveyard”

  6. superseahawk says: Sep 4, 2012 7:37 AM

    This is getting old. Someone needs to put a lap band on his ego.

  7. thegonz13 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:37 AM

    Can he guarantee he won’t get canned?

  8. shardar says: Sep 4, 2012 7:38 AM

    Why won’t he shut up??

  9. 1122world says: Sep 4, 2012 7:39 AM

    It because he’ll be smart enough to quit when the hammer is falling.

    Mr T will go before he does.

    Namath will be starting quarterback after the bye

  10. cobrala2 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:40 AM

    Rex, talk to Marty Schottenheimer.

    Or your own father.

  11. emmonsh says: Sep 4, 2012 7:40 AM

    next up for rex is a vote of confidence. here today. gone tomorrow. lol i remember how espn was drooling over sanchez saying he was the better pick than stafford. whole team is a joke

  12. tsizzlehotpiss says: Sep 4, 2012 7:41 AM

    Rex, after the Jets go 8-8 or 7-9 this season, Woody Johnson is going to give you one more year to turn it around, and unless you somehow acquire 2 or 3 elite offensive linemen, a better QB, and one more viable starting receiver, you are going to be looking for another job in 2014.

  13. painkiller20 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:42 AM

    At first I wondered why bisciotti hired harbaugh, practically an unknown at the time, over Rex. Now it’s pretty obvious.

  14. rockthered1286 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:42 AM

    “I know I’m a great coach, and what makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the guys that play for me,”

    So… if you’re o-line sucks, your QB’s can’t throw a completed pass to save their lives, you have a handful of backup RB’s and no starter, your O-coordinator is in love with an offense approach that works once every 16 games… that kinda elminates that whole “great by association” note doesn’t it?

    He should’ve said “I have a really good defense and hopefully that’s enough to keep me in good standings with Woody.

  15. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:45 AM

    Not a Jets fan, and I find Rex annoying at times – but that being said:

    In his first two years, he led his team to the AFC Championship game relying on a legitimate top 5 defense.

    Notable quarterbacks he defeated on both of those post-season runs include Carson Palmer, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

    Last year, in a “disappointing season,” his team went 8-8.

    In order to label 8-8 “disappointing”, you have to acknowledge that expectations with Rex in charge are higher than 8-8, which is a sign that he’s a solid coach.

    If the Jets are absolutely terrible this season (under 6 wins), their GM is likely to go first, with Rex on the hot seat in 2013. But I can’t really see Rex getting fired this year – two deep post-season runs buy a coach some leeway.

  16. upyoursnfu says: Sep 4, 2012 7:46 AM

    What an idiot

  17. johnnyjagfan says: Sep 4, 2012 7:47 AM

    Once you say things like this in life it ain’t long before you get yours.

    That quote will haunt this big mouth more than any of his Super Bowl predictions.

  18. jojobop says: Sep 4, 2012 7:53 AM

    Good coaches don’t always translate into good head coaches…can you say Buddy Ryan?!

  19. norseyapper says: Sep 4, 2012 7:54 AM

    My dream: Ryan gets fired.
    Jerry Jones fires Garrett and decides to unite the Ryans in Dallas.
    Then at the first press conference the three of them bludgeon each other to death in a scramble to control the microphone.

  20. typerico says: Sep 4, 2012 7:56 AM

    D coach, I agree but not as a head coach!

  21. vincentbojackson says: Sep 4, 2012 7:57 AM

    I knew he was a great coach when he watched helplessly as his offensive team captain melted down during the last game of the season. What’s worse, he then admitted he didn’t even know there was a problem.

    Way to have you finger on the pulse of your team coach.

  22. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Sep 4, 2012 7:58 AM

    I’m pretty sure resting your teams season, everything in the bag, on the shoulders of Tim “I’m like a smooth-faced Christ” Tebow to be one of your duel starting qb’s is a GREAT WAY TO GET FIRED!!!! If anything he should be bored for taking a season in which the offseason was both very expensive and has a media circus around the Jets. He is gone after this horrible experiment fails this year. Tim Tebow is A RB, FB OR TE! NOT A 3RD STRING QB EVEN ON THE WORST TEAM IN THE AFL!!! I actually could see Tebow next season as the starting H-back for the Redskins and with Shanny as his coach, he would be an actual success as an NFL player and win like he did in Fla not waste his career trying to learn how to play 3rd string QB!!!!

  23. thejuddstir says: Sep 4, 2012 7:59 AM

    Fans across the NFL know Rexy isn’t anything more than a bag of wind but he has an owner who drinks the Rexy kool-aid. As long as Woody drinks the kool-aid, all will remain the same in jetsville.

  24. nunpuncher says: Sep 4, 2012 7:59 AM

    Rex Ryan probably finds his inspiration in not getting fired from Marv Lewis.

  25. theworldbestrealitycheck says: Sep 4, 2012 8:01 AM

    more jets nonsense. who cares?

  26. parttimer1 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:02 AM

    Every time this joke opens his mouth he makes a fool of himself. Some one better tell this fool the old saying ” better to keep your mouth shut and let their be doubt that you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”

  27. ripster65 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:03 AM

    talks alot, says nothing…enough already, Rex

  28. sylar1888 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:05 AM

    And Goliath thought he was a great warrior until he was defeated by David!

  29. pencilmonkeymagic says: Sep 4, 2012 8:08 AM

    S’funny. I’m convinced I have superpowers but no one believes me either.

  30. roadtrip3500 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:08 AM

    Like father, like son. Rex apparently didn’t learn from Buddy’s mistakes as a head coach.

  31. wtfru2 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:09 AM

    Does this man’s mouth ever quit? If its not yakking its sucking on toes.

  32. bigbluefan1 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:09 AM

    While he has been a great coach the other guy who coaches at Metlife has won two SB’s

    Reading what this guy says is better then the funny papers

  33. hooks024 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:11 AM

    Great coaches’ teams get better as their franchise qb develops, not worse.

  34. winkeroni says: Sep 4, 2012 8:13 AM

    Maybe getting fired isn’t a possibility because he plans on quitting in the near future.

  35. bringbackkosar says: Sep 4, 2012 8:15 AM

    Crazy like a fox

  36. evrybdyhas1 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    If his evaluation of his players is done with the same filter as his self evaluation……well that explains the state of the Jets.

  37. billsin20xx says: Sep 4, 2012 8:16 AM

    Jonesy I don ‘t think he’s seen his offense but no one else has either!

  38. igotgamenj says: Sep 4, 2012 8:18 AM

    Tell that to Don Shula

  39. oriolesvsravens says: Sep 4, 2012 8:19 AM

    They’ll keep firing/hiring OCs before they’ll actually fire Rex but I would not be surprised if he would be on the chopping block in the near future.

  40. rahavort says: Sep 4, 2012 8:20 AM

    It’s possible for every coach….just because he doesn’t think it will happen does not mean it won’t. The offense is horrendous and all this guy does is talk, I swear all the weight he lost went to his mouth..

  41. dabutcha114 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:20 AM

    This guy is delusional. He is absolutely on the hot seat. His locker room is the worst in the NFL, to match his offense. They probably will never win that division and I see the Bills with a better record this year. Jets win maybe 6 games this year. Rex Ryan is a great D.C but that is it.

  42. george1859 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:21 AM

    Sounds like Rex thinks he’s going to be fired….

    Hey Rex, your problem is not getting fired, your problem is what team would ever hire you next?????

  43. nunezmc says: Sep 4, 2012 8:23 AM

    Rex is living out the dream of any ten year old who ever played Franchise mode on Madden. Job security doesn’t seem to be an issue.

  44. 2dollarpbrs says: Sep 4, 2012 8:25 AM

    His definition of great is apparently much different than mine.

    ZERO Super Bowl appearances let alone a Super Bowl win and he lost the locker room last year

    That is great??

    I guess all you need to do to be great in his eyes is to yap all the time and eat lots of GD snacks

  45. section441 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:26 AM

    This guy is as clueless as Obama.

  46. jimr10 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:27 AM

    Well, like father like son for those of you who remember his dad promising champinoships in Philly and Arizona…Never happened of course..

  47. jgava19 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:28 AM

    I think his butt is jealous of the crap that comes out of his mouth.

  48. drexelvol says: Sep 4, 2012 8:30 AM

    Rex definitely has a few screws loose. He knows he’s a great coach? Has he watched his team play at all?

  49. xpensivewinos says: Sep 4, 2012 8:31 AM

    Ah yes, and with this we know for certain, football season has officially arrived.

    Props to Rex for the weight loss, but too bad they weren’t offering a 2-fer-1 with a lobotomy.

  50. herlies says: Sep 4, 2012 8:34 AM

    I know I’m a great coach. Getting fired is not a possibility. Maybe 10 or 15 years from now…

    Is there another coach in any sport, at any level… who has ever said anything remotely close to this?

  51. brewcrewfan54 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    Come on Rex, even you can’t honestly believe that seat of your isn’t getting at least a little uncomfortable.

  52. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Sep 4, 2012 8:38 AM

    Be careful with your guarantees Rex.

  53. promickey says: Sep 4, 2012 8:38 AM

    Well the owner loves the promotion and attention that Rex gives the Jets. However Ryan’s moves for changing the offense, including the hire of Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano just might be enough if the Jets do not win and score some points. TD points that is, not just Sparano fist pumping field goals.

  54. boblavoie says: Sep 4, 2012 8:41 AM

    So Rex,
    What makes “a great coach” – one who can open their mouth the widest?

  55. getyourownname says: Sep 4, 2012 8:42 AM

    Sadly, Rex will not learn the difference between being a leader and being a loudmouth until he joins the UFL next year.

  56. biggestredmiami says: Sep 4, 2012 8:42 AM

    This guy is seriously the biggest clown in the NFL. What has he won to speak like that?

  57. kinggeorgexii says: Sep 4, 2012 8:44 AM

    only if tim tebow says that it is ok, then rex can coach.

  58. mcjon22 says: Sep 4, 2012 8:51 AM

    Great NFL coaches never have to tell people they’re great or guarantee super bowl appearances, they just get their teams there

  59. cuse6468 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:04 AM

    Hes a great coach. OF WHAT?
    Foot fetish, big mouth? Arrogant, dirt bag perfect for that NYC sewer.

  60. pftcensorssuck says: Sep 4, 2012 9:05 AM

    8-8 is what most “great” coaches aspire to…..

  61. righthereisay says: Sep 4, 2012 9:13 AM

    He’d be as good as Bellicheck if he cheated and had Tom Brady.

  62. ecupatsfan12 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:16 AM

    No rex, the problem is you opening your mouth and saying things like this. It brings negative publicity to the team, and makes you seem like an a$$. Thats why youll be fired

  63. annes22 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:16 AM

    What is Rex thinking of speaking like this? I cannot
    imagine any other coach bragging about himself like he does. It’s ridiculous, he needs to grow up, and shut up.
    A decent coach just coaches and shuts up. His buddy up there has won 2 Super Bowls, and says nothing.
    That’s how you do it.

  64. tmac4454 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:16 AM

    Rex needs to get in the playoff’s or win the SB. He will be out of a job b/c he is in the Big Apple.

  65. jr507 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:16 AM

    first day after a holiday weekend and roughly 50 Jets haters are up and posting drivel on a Jets article before or during work….and Red Ryan is the loser? laughable.

  66. zaggs says: Sep 4, 2012 9:25 AM

    If you want to see a great coach at Metlife stadium, wait til the Giants have a home game.

  67. jimthebuilder27 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:27 AM


    What have the Yets won?
    Oh right.

    Nothing. That’s right, nothing!!

  68. jayquintana says: Sep 4, 2012 9:32 AM

    Ever notice that Belichick and Coughlin have never said they’re great coaches?

    I guess this means, unlike Rex Ryan, they aren’t great coaches.

  69. m1000be says: Sep 4, 2012 9:33 AM

    If the Jets do worse than last season, he is gone. If they do the same or slightly better, he buys himself one more year.

  70. dmartin17 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:44 AM

    Pretty good for a guy with 2 qbs who wouldn’t (shouldn’t) start for any other NFL team.

  71. pastabelly says: Sep 4, 2012 9:48 AM

    Okay, he admits that he lost the “pulse of the locker room” and then proclaims himself to be a great coach. Alrighty then.

  72. robertjamis says: Sep 4, 2012 9:49 AM

    Rex Ryan has never had a losing season and he’s been to two of the last three AFC Championship games. In his first 3 seasons as a head coach, ever. So yeah, the Jets should probably fire him, considering what an awful record that is. I’m sure there are dozens of candidates with better resumes.

  73. ppdoc13 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:49 AM

    Ravens fan here. I loved Rex as our DC but was glad our owner did not hire him as our HC. He is really megalomaniacal.

    Me me me me. Enough about me what do you think of me should be his mantra. He has really lost touch with reality with this statement. Coaches are hired to be fired. He has to know that.

  74. fwippel says: Sep 4, 2012 9:55 AM

    Rex will be gone in two years.

  75. electionconfidential says: Sep 4, 2012 10:00 AM

    I never thought Rex was funny at all until I read this. Even he doesn’t believe this is true. He saw his Daddy get fired after just three years if I remember correctly.

  76. mojosmagic says: Sep 4, 2012 10:10 AM

    No Rex, you are a bad head coach and a village idiot to boot. You will be fired, the only question is when.

  77. t16rich says: Sep 4, 2012 10:47 AM

    If they don’t make playoffs, they are going QB is round 1. And no way that Woody gives Rex 2 cracks at developing first round qbs after two seasons that you miss playoffs. Playoffs or you’re fired.

  78. whitechocolate2 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    Comparing their first three seasons as a HC in the NFL, Rex has been better than your coach (that goes for any and all of you).


  79. joeytorontosucks says: Sep 4, 2012 11:25 AM

    And everyones hoping he’ll not be their teams HC… Ryan will get a job as a DC, but anything higher would be a miracle

  80. orakpocalypse says: Sep 4, 2012 11:31 AM

    If he didn’t get fired after the foot thing then he probably never will be. If that didn’t make him lose the locker room I don’t know what could. I for one would have demanded a trade and made sure to keep my socks on until it went through.

  81. orakpocalypse says: Sep 4, 2012 11:38 AM

    whitechocolate2 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    “Comparing their first three seasons as a HC in the NFL, Rex has been better than your coach (that goes for any and all of you).


    Just because you say fact after something doesn’t make it true. Silly Jets fan. I can’t speak for other fans, but as a Redskins fan, I remember Shanahan’s career getting off to a much better start as a HC than Ryan. That’s a real fact.

  82. jpb12 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:40 AM

    Are the Jets still on Hard Knocks?

  83. wwwfugu says: Sep 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    Boy’s a regular John Wooden.

  84. cantonbound13 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:52 AM

    Rex is awesome. I’m ashamed to say I’m a Dolphin fan ( thanks to Ross & Ireland) but I love Rex’s confidence.

  85. chief0727 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:54 AM

    I blame the stomach band surgery !! While always a blowhart, since his surgery a couple years ago, the more weight he loses–the dumber he sounds !

  86. getyourownname says: Sep 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    He won’t be fired. Other NFL coaches will petition to have him retained as HC as long as possible.

  87. bobonmycob says: Sep 4, 2012 12:14 PM

    LOL!!! This idiot is the T.O of coaching. Can’t shut up, locker room nuisance, and too egotistical. Rex you look like a tub of lard and your team sucks. You are far from untouchable. Well, your wife only touches you with her feet… that should tell you something.

  88. East Coast Raider says: Sep 4, 2012 12:19 PM

    Does anyone recall Hue Jackson’s overconfidence? If Ryan doesn’t produce some key results, Woody Johnson will eventually feel like Ryan is showing him up with comments like these.

  89. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 4, 2012 12:20 PM

    I can only imagine how good he will be with a Manning, Brees, Rodgers or Brady. Funny how those other coaches are great only when they have a great QB,

    Ryan wins with limited talent. He is right.

    Love the lap and on ego joke.

  90. insanelomein2 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:32 PM

    No Rex, you are not a great head coach and neither was your father Buddy.

    Both of you are defensive minded and couldnt care less about the offense. Buddy gave Cunningham free reign to do whatever he wanted and couldnt care less about it.

    Rex cares about the defense and has Sanchez and Tebow ahead of McElroy on the depth chart who is obviously better than the #1 and #2 QBs.

  91. dlk47823 says: Sep 4, 2012 12:46 PM

    Don’t you guys realize without Rex you and the media will have nothing to criticize or whine about? The team and coach went to championships 2 of the last 3 years, which no other team accomplished.
    They haven’t played a single game yet, and you all have them in last place. You would think after they went 8-8 (a good year for the Raiders) that it was the worst team ever. Its hilarious!
    The Jet D will be fierce this year and they will be a playoff team. Rex has lost the weight, but you can still crack your great foot jokes when they’re playing in late January. We thrive off your hate and jealousy!
    Jet Fans

  92. voiceforeason says: Sep 4, 2012 12:57 PM

    At least Grossman could take his team to a superbowl, and he is our #3 QB! Just imagine how RGIII is going to sweep, SWEEP the NFL this season + Shanahan keeping everyone on their heals with our STACKED running back core!!

  93. spfripp says: Sep 4, 2012 1:34 PM

    I actually like Rex Ryan (and I am a Dolphin fan). He might run his mouth off sometimes but players love playing for him and he always has had a good defense. The way I look at it is that his weakness is on the offensive side of the ball, so he needs a good OC. Trust me, he does not have that with Sparano. In all the years Sparano was HC there always issues with the passing game, issues with blocking and most of all there were always issues when it came to the red zone.

  94. fissels says: Sep 4, 2012 1:40 PM

    Confidence – Good
    Confidence with humility – Better

  95. rcali says: Sep 4, 2012 4:19 PM

    Um, better beat the Bills at home with all those offensive plays and wildcat formations you’ve been blabbering about that nobody has seen yet.

  96. jgerks says: Sep 4, 2012 9:31 PM

    I understand he has taken the jets to a couple conference games and is a compitent nfl coach. But the arrogance and the need to be in the spotlight all the time with his guarenties and self proclaim greatness is to much and will be his and his teams undoing,not to mention the players starting to point fingers when they are 6-10 and miss the post season for the second straight year.GO JETS DOWN IN FLAMES!

  97. jgerks says: Sep 4, 2012 9:43 PM

    Jets could very well be 2-6 after 8 games with their two Ws coming against the dolphins.Rex,what a joke.

  98. randallflagg52 says: Sep 4, 2012 9:53 PM

    When he get’s fired next year, he’ll be welcomed back in Baltimore as their “new” defensive coordinator with open arms.

  99. bittersportspills says: Sep 4, 2012 11:47 PM

    What coach says he’s gonna get canned? Ryan just says it in a different way.

  100. chuckforeman44 says: Sep 5, 2012 3:34 PM

    I think Mike Tyson once said, “everyone has a great plan,…until they get punched in the mouth.”

  101. ihatethejets23 says: Sep 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    “You would think after they went 8-8 (a good year for the Raiders) that it was the worst team ever. Its hilarious!”

    This is why other NFL fans laugh at the Jets and their fans. The reason the Jets are a joke for going 8-8 is because you have a coach who proclaims to be the best coach in the NFL and claims be going to the Super Bowl every single year. I don’t hear Rex Ryan claiming that his goal is to be as good or better than the Raiders, do you? Like you, Rex Ryan is a failure and a clown.

  102. mwindle1973 says: Sep 7, 2012 7:42 PM

    Rex is bound to fail. He has all the skill and talent, etc…but he doesn’t have the personality of a head coach. He has a personality that should’ve never let him go beyond a DC. He can’t control himself, let alone a team of 53 men.

  103. endzone says: Sep 8, 2012 5:50 PM

    Rex is possessed by demons that tell him he is all powerful. Tebow needs to perform an exorcism.

  104. j0esixpack says: Sep 9, 2012 11:46 AM

    The only reason Rex made the playoffs his first season is because the Colts pulled all their starters in the last game of the season.

    Otherwise he’d be 8-8 that season as well.

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