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Rex: “Mad as a hornet” about report

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Well, the Jets never skip an opportunity to entertain.

Coach Rex Ryan was, as you might imagine, upset by this morning’s report that he’d rather be fired than accept the status quo.

That’s leading to a press conference that will go down among the most memorable in a season full of them for the Jets, as Ryan declared himself “mad as a hornet,” about the report he called “totally untrue.” He said he talked to his team about the report earlier today, and insisted to them he would not quit.

It was a passionate response from Ryan, including at one point saying he talked to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, denying the story that he’d rather be fired than come back without significant changes to the offense, and saying that Mehta didn’t include his denial in the story.

But while it makes for good theater, there are a few immediate problems.

One, Mehta didn’t suggest that Ryan would quit, more suggesting that Ryan wanted to see changes.

Two, the size and scope of Ryan’s reaction creates a baseline for responses to future reports. If he’s this fired up about something that seems reasonable on its face (changes clearly needed to be made), he’ll need to be equally passionate in the future about reports which he considers untrue. If he doesn’t, it becomes a tacit admission they are.

As Florio mentioned moments ago, this thing is far from over, and far from boring.

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37 Responses to “Rex: “Mad as a hornet” about report”
  1. grpatriot says: Dec 28, 2012 1:53 PM

    Rex said “mad as a hornet?” I don’t believe that for a second!

  2. sellout1983 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:53 PM

    Wow, Rex Ryan is being a loud mouthed blowhard? I’m about as suprised as a hornet.

  3. jetsfansince1968 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:54 PM

    Rex does not tell the truth and will not win back the fan base. I’ve never seen a Jets coach lie as often as Rex has on why McElroy was not active and why Tebow was never given a chance.

  4. akshunj says: Dec 28, 2012 1:54 PM

    Oh Rex thanks for the laughs …

  5. choknugget says: Dec 28, 2012 1:54 PM

    It feels like Manish Mehta is part of the problem with the Jets too.

  6. zimaman says: Dec 28, 2012 1:55 PM

    oh god I dont think I can take much more of this drama

    how exciting

    be still my beating heart

    i cant take too much more of this slop about a losing franchise, losing team, losing coach, losing quarterback

    i am on the edge of my seat

    i cant wait to find out

    NOT !

  7. toegoat says: Dec 28, 2012 1:57 PM

    Exactly how mad are hornets?

  8. jtylert says: Dec 28, 2012 2:01 PM

    I keep forgetting about the Jets. Thank god people keep bringing them up at every moment.

  9. igotgamenj says: Dec 28, 2012 2:03 PM

    SAME OLD JETS

  10. ttommytom says: Dec 28, 2012 2:04 PM

    Okay, everybody:

    Would you rather play for Rex or that uptight drill sergeant wannabe you played for in High School or College?

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 28, 2012 2:04 PM

    Lol, I think maybe Rex meant to say “Mad as a Hatter”.

  12. ravensgrl says: Dec 28, 2012 2:05 PM

    “One, Mehta didn’t suggest that Ryan would quit, more suggesting that Ryan wanted to see changes.”

    If this is the case, then why did YOU report on this site that he’d rather be fired than continue on as is?

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 28, 2012 2:10 PM

    “he’ll need to be equally passionate in the future about reports which he considers untrue. If he doesn’t, it becomes a tacit admission they are.”

    You are way over-thinking this!

  14. Mitch Cumstein says: Dec 28, 2012 2:15 PM

    Look, Rex, just send a fax to Woody that says “I resign as HC of the NYJ”, and come up to New England to claim your destined position as defensive coordinator.

  15. ncm42 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:17 PM

    Did they ask Tebow what he thinks about it?

  16. backindasaddle says: Dec 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    Two, the size and scope of Ryan’s reaction creates a baseline for responses to future reports. If he’s this fired up about something that seems reasonable on its face (changes clearly needed to be made), he’ll need to be equally passionate in the future about reports which he considers untrue. If he doesn’t, it becomes a tacit admission they are.
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    No wonder people don’t trust the media. This sort of contorted manipulation of perception is the very reason Bill Belichek is such a hard arss with media. He knows how you twist stuff around in an effort to make people look like idiots or otherwise put them in difficult and contradictory situations. I would expect Rexy is learning a Belichekian lesson on media relations right about now.

  17. nfloracle says: Dec 28, 2012 2:24 PM

    Rex is more entertaining than a barrel of monkeys who are mad as hornets and better than sliced bread!

  18. kacapaco says: Dec 28, 2012 2:24 PM

    This JETS season has to go to broadway. Even the non-football fans will enjoy this classic drama.

  19. vontazemebro says: Dec 28, 2012 2:30 PM

    I remember the good old days when the Jets were blaming Jim Leonhard’s absence for losses.

  20. ghosts go boo says: Dec 28, 2012 2:32 PM

    And he’s hungry like a hippo. . .

  21. azarkhan says: Dec 28, 2012 2:40 PM

    When anonymous, false reports came out that Tebow had refused to play in the Wildcat, Rex said nothing, even though he could have set the record straight. But now that he’s being bit in the a@@ by anonymous sources, he’s “mad as a hornet”. LOL

  22. sclazo says: Dec 28, 2012 2:46 PM

    Hire Sparano as the HC muhahaha. More wildcat!

  23. tim8450 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:47 PM

    Well, you are wrong about one thing, this is pretty boring.

  24. dolphins512 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:52 PM

    When you are feeling down, depressed or sorry for yourself….all you have to do is read one of these Jets stories and you will instantly feel better about yourself.

  25. surferbum01 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:54 PM

    I miss the fat Rex of old……

  26. steelerben says: Dec 28, 2012 2:55 PM

    So, he’s happy with the status quo and wants to continue coaching a joke of a team? Next season he’d like to spend the entire year with Sanchez, MacElroy and Tebow at QB with no one to throw to while the offensive line does their best Lomas Brown impersonations?

  27. electionconfidential says: Dec 28, 2012 2:58 PM

    Has anyone considered that Manish Mehta may be a liar? Everything that comes out of him is sensational and usually vehemently denied by the subject of his “stories”.

  28. fringetastic says: Dec 28, 2012 3:31 PM

    Well, I’m already bored with it. I gave up on circuses when I was 10.

  29. annes22 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:44 PM

    This is one big circus, and the sooner Rex, and Sparano leave the ring the better. It’s been ridiculous all season, enough is enough.

  30. pinion8ted says: Dec 28, 2012 4:06 PM

    This has the potential for the biggest Jets implosion EVER!

    Man, I thought the end of last season was fun!

    C-I-R-C-U-S

    Circus, Circus, Circus

  31. scjohnny says: Dec 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    I guess Rex wasn’t onboard for the Tony Sparano to the J E T S hiring,being a Miami fan & playing against a guy that injures himself celebrating 37 yd Field goals twice a year, i can’t imaging looking @ Sparano’s resume’ & saying yeah we need him to be our OC.

  32. bensstinkyfingers says: Dec 28, 2012 4:28 PM

    Hopefully he will come out in a skin tight green hornet costume for the last game.

  33. jackrabbitz says: Dec 28, 2012 5:13 PM

    Sick of all the press for a six win team.

  34. superputman says: Dec 28, 2012 7:04 PM

    Hornets have never been so offended… one I talked to went so far as to say he was “extremely upset and angry” about the comparison.

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 28, 2012 7:48 PM

    Could this Jets team become any more dysfunctional than it is?

  36. kev86 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:23 AM

    How many times has Rex cried so far? He’s a fraud.

  37. gmsingh says: Dec 29, 2012 9:42 AM

    Sadly, Rex spends most of his limited brain power on dealing with the media.

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