Despite a willingness that borders on eagerness over the years to wear the red nose, Rex Ryan is getting a little tired of everybody referring to his team as a circus.
“Well I just think we’re a better football team than people give us credit for,” Ryan said Thursday, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “Also think our organization is a lot better than people give us credit for. The circus thing is kind of a little old for me.”
Perhaps Ryan should ask owner Woody Johnson to stop investing so heavily in banana peels for him to slip on, because his is the garage where they park the clown car.
To actively pursue a Tim Tebow, and then gloat about never getting enough of him (even though he’s not, you know, good at playing quarterback), puts his football staff in an untenable position.
That’s trickled down onto Ryan, who has done a remarkable job of keeping an often unremarkable cast competitive.
“I think our record says otherwise in the three years that we’ve been together,” Ryan said. “I’m not afraid to say it: I think this is going to be an outstanding football team. The best team that I’ve had since I’ve been here. I don’t know if it’s the national perspective, but it’s my perspective.”
So for all the sideshow, he wants people to remember that his team should be pretty good, especially on defense.
But there’s a latent insecurity about the Jets, who have been accused for years of chasing back pages while their neighbors chased championships.
And while the Giants polish trophies, they keep tripping over their own big shoes.