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Rex Ryan: I need an offense that reflects who I am

New York Jets head coach Ryan watches on the sidelines during their NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park Getty Images

Jets coach Rex Ryan said in his first public comments since the end of the season that he plans to reshape the team’s offense in his own image, making them more aggressive and physical offensively.

“I don’t think I’ve done as good a job of implementing who I am throughout this team,” Ryan said. “I want a physical, aggressive, attack-style of football team. Offense, defense and all that. . . . I don’t think I’ve done a good enough job of getting that through to the entire football team. Certainly I think it’s gotten through to defense and special teams. I don’t think it necessarily got through offensively. That’s what I want.”

Although Ryan didn’t criticize Tony Sparano, whom he just fired as offensive coordinator, he did make clear that he needs a different type of coordinator in 2013.

“I want somebody with that same type of belief I have,” Ryan said of his next offensive coordinator.

Ryan said he still hopes Mike Pettine returns as defensive coordinator, and he also said he’ll be ready to work with whoever the Jets hire as their next general manager. Jets owner Woody Johnson said he has made it clear to all general manager candidates that keeping Ryan around as the head coach in 2013 is a condition of taking the job.

Johnson called it “a very tough year for all of us,” but he also said he believes Ryan “has a rare ability” to lead an NFL team. Johnson also acknowledged that the Jets were wrong not to have this post-season press conference sooner than today, telling the reporters present that he had heard their complaints about how long it had taken and agreed with them.

“Your comments regarding the delay are valid,” he said. “I should have gotten back earlier.”

If Ryan, the next offensive coordinator and the next general manager can’t get things turned around, the complaints about the Jets’ media schedule will be nothing compared to the complaints about the Jets’ offense.

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110 Responses to “Rex Ryan: I need an offense that reflects who I am”
  1. mojosmagic says: Jan 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    And I have a name for it, “The Nobody Offense”.

  2. bigks77 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    U need a fat line, a slow running back, and another T.O. On the team for your mouth?

  3. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jan 8, 2013 11:24 AM

    “Rex Ryan: I need an offense that reflects who I am”

    I thought you already did. A lot of hollow promises and it sucked.

  4. joecancun says: Jan 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    3 doughnuts and a bag of wind.

  5. frankgarrett says: Jan 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    0-16 i guess next year

  6. tommysaint1 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:27 AM

    Wow! Did he just say that?

    Is he trying to be made fun of? He is like one long tenured punchline.

    No wonder the Jets are a joke.

  7. chargerdillon says: Jan 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    I really thought that would’ve been Tebow running the power run nonstop wildcat formation

    I really thought that’s why they brought in Tebow. I still feel thats the style that reflects the type of defensive minded head coach Rex is.

    On the other hand, he had Tebow all last year and didnt use him, which makes me think maybe Rex is just a complete idiot who doesn’t know what he’s doing.

    I can’t wait to see what he thinks is a reflection of him on offense.

  8. mrconnors says: Jan 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    Shut up fat boy

  9. mojosmagic says: Jan 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    “Clueless”.

  10. azarkhan says: Jan 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    An offense full of hot air?

  11. randomguy9999 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    what a setup!…. this is going to be one of those classic threads

  12. brutus9448 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:32 AM

    I have 2 words for Rex.

    butt fumble.

  13. rpiotr01 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:32 AM

    “physical, aggressive, attack-style”

    Do any of those words describe Mark Sanchez? That’s where you start.

  14. giantsfan2104 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:32 AM

    Too easy :)

  15. thebigtim2012 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:33 AM

    As a pats fan I hope they give him a ten year contract with a lifetime personal services deal. This guy is the gift that keeps on giving

  16. buddysguys says: Jan 8, 2013 11:33 AM

    so your looking for a fat loud mouth liar, that cant get a locker room to come together and act like professionals??…..look no further jets fans!!! your new Offensive Coordinator “Fat” Rex Ryan!!!!!

  17. pmp300300 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    I think we just found the home for Ken Whisenhunt.

  18. commonsensedude says: Jan 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    “I don’t think I’ve done as good a job of implementing who I am throughout this team”

    Rex – a lot of us think you’ve done TOO good of a job implementing who you are throughout the team. Which is why everybody on the team talks too much and a lot of the guys crave too much attention.

  19. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    An offense that’s fat and full of hot air?

  20. g35phin says: Jan 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    How can an offense reflect 350 pounds worth of lasagna?

  21. cheddarrob says: Jan 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    He’s of to a good start, he has the #6 jersey tatted and the #6 under center which literally makes this offense a piece of him. Ironic? I think not.

  22. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 8, 2013 11:34 AM

    I don’t think Jared Lorenzen is still in the league.

  23. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    Oh, Rex. Why do you keep setting yourself up for jokes?

  24. mjdkid100 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    Is he serious? Reflects who you are? How about scheming to fit your players you have? How about putting your players int he best position to play well? No one cares about you Rex.

  25. tbd3 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:35 AM

    A joke?

  26. lrjets says: Jan 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    As a long-suffering Jets fan, I found this press conference (still going on) to be blah-blah-blah.
    Rex said, “I promise you won’t want to play the Jets next season”. He should have added, “unless you want to win”.
    He’ll never learn.
    I commend them going forward by making a change in the strength and conditioning coach. So they don’t have an OC or a G.M., they have an S&C coach in place.
    Lastly, both Woody and Rex said, ” the QB competition will be open as always”. Let’s ask Tim Tebow about that.

  27. mvp43 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    Its also possible that Rex is a better cooridinator than coach. I can see his routine wearing out his players rather quickly.

  28. onlysane1intheroom says: Jan 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    One word: Mark Sanchez.

  29. mrsandusky says: Jan 8, 2013 11:37 AM

    Too bad Jared Lorenzen doesn’t play anymore

  30. larrybrown43 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    So in the past, these guys must have picked their coaches out of a hat then.

  31. zeavott says: Jan 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    Rex Ryan’s offense: “I guarantee we will score a TD on this drive….”

  32. purplegreenandgold says: Jan 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    translation: I thank the J E T S organization for letting me stay on as Coach…

  33. seahawks4alltime says: Jan 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    “…he plans to reshape the team’s offense in his own image, making them more aggressive and physical offensively.”

    …more aggressive and physically offensive.

    There, I fixed it.

  34. bdbd20 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:43 AM

    He should hire Kevin Gilbride’s son as OC!

  35. djcologne says: Jan 8, 2013 11:43 AM

    If I’m not mistaken I think the HOGS are all retired….

  36. seeptermean says: Jan 8, 2013 11:44 AM

    A failure? So he’s going to start Sanchez again I see

  37. rukkus1 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:44 AM

    An offense that resembles rex ryan would be wildcat bred with a semi pro offense.

  38. mrcogburn says: Jan 8, 2013 11:46 AM

    It already does: fat and lethargic.

  39. blutri10 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:46 AM

    Jared Lorenzen? At least he has a RING!

  40. dontcensormebiatches says: Jan 8, 2013 11:46 AM

    Butt fumbles are you Ryan!

  41. govtminion says: Jan 8, 2013 11:46 AM

    “I need an offense that reflects who I am.”

    You had it this year, Rex- chaotic, useless, and hopeless.

  42. justafanofitall says: Jan 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    It has taken him how long to decide the team doesn’t represent who he is. Give me a break.

  43. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    Now we know were everyone who fails the wonderlick test is going in April.

    Another fine day where I thank my family for raising me A Giants fan

  44. 13forgbp says: Jan 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    A fat, blowhard?

  45. patriots123456 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:48 AM

    How many years has he been head coach?

    Last night he had a vision, “he needs an offense to win”. LOL

    All the Jet’s problems are now solved.

  46. freddsox says: Jan 8, 2013 11:48 AM

    Watching press conference now. If I didn’t know better I would think the Jets had just won the Superbowl. Rex and Woody are sure proud of that 6 and 10 season. All that patting themselves on the back thinking they have a great team while Buffalo quietly makes the smart move on a coach the Jets probably needed

    Lucky to be 6 and 10 next year

  47. schmitty2 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:49 AM

    That headline is a joke that wrote itself

  48. norcalmafia says: Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    I think it reflects him perfect..all bark no bite..

  49. dmartin17 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    How does this guy still have a job?

  50. tjacks7 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    Overrated?

  51. redmanalishi says: Jan 8, 2013 11:54 AM

    “I want somebody with that same type of belief I have,”

    Maybe Tony Sparano was fired because he refused to get the tattoo.

  52. lou2730 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:54 AM

    Another misunderstood offensive genius? Maybe you’re old man can help ya with that Rex…

  53. mungman69 says: Jan 8, 2013 11:56 AM

    Come on Rex, shut up.

  54. mobil4life says: Jan 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    So Rex,

    You want an offense that is fat, slow, and stupid

    Ummmmmmm, you had that in Sparano but you fired him

    You suck as a head coach, do the Jets a favor and step down

    Go back to def. coor.

    Thanks, rest of NFL

  55. chocopoppy says: Jan 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    The league’s rules are geared for passing, so this genius is the only coach in the league who insists on 3 yards and a cloud of dust. Good luck finding a G.M. who wants to work with this clown.

  56. tombradysbaby says: Jan 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    Can we just have a moratorium on posts about the Jets till they do something notable again? No their blowhard Coach flapping his lips is not notable.

  57. getyourownname says: Jan 8, 2013 11:59 AM

    Since he has repeatedly said Sanchez would be his QB as long as he was coaching, we can see what this means.

    I truly feel sorry for Jets fans.

  58. bornboxed says: Jan 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    Does McDonald’s have a football team?

  59. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:01 PM

    Hue Jackson should be the hire. Any offense a coach or a GM wants Hue can make it happen. Any player a coach of GM wants on the field Hue can get production out of him. He’s trained in the West Coast offense under Marriuci and the Coryell offense under Cam Cameron and Al Saunders. Simply the best offensive coach out there.

  60. jcurran77 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:02 PM

    fat and slow?

  61. justintuckrule says: Jan 8, 2013 12:02 PM

    “I need an offense that reflects who I am” –

    Good thing he has plenty of real estate left for more body art

  62. riverhorsey says: Jan 8, 2013 12:03 PM

    Rex needs an Air-Coryell type OC

  63. kev86 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:03 PM

    you may have shut the press confeence off by the time Wooody described Rex as “smart and sophisticated”.

    He wasnt joking.

    What a MESS!!!

  64. pjrhc says: Jan 8, 2013 12:10 PM

    So hire Charlie Sheen.

  65. wludford says: Jan 8, 2013 12:10 PM

    Can’t wait until Rex Ryan gets fired. Tired of his bloated ego…

  66. greysolon says: Jan 8, 2013 12:11 PM

    It’s amazing that a guy with such a great mind for defense has almost zero aptitude for picking guys with a good offensive scheme.

  67. ajb3313 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:13 PM

    If he wanted it an attacking offense, why’d he hire Sparano in the first place? He got to see the Dolphins twice a year. They were anything but an attacking offense.

    Also, isn’t Rex the same guy who said publicly he never wanted to draft Stephen Hill and instead preferred picking up (yet another) defensive player? Now, the jury’s still out on whether or not Hill’s going to amount to anything, but it’s not like he hasn’t had a defense-first and defense-only mentality since the day he got there. He’s openly referred to his offense as “ground and pound” since he first took the job.

    If he’s genuinely owning up to his own neglect of that side of the ball, then good on him for taking accountability. But it sounds more to me like he’s trying to say the right things. Make no mistake: the Jets offense as it has been under Rex Ryan is exactly what he wanted it to be. He’s only now saying otherwise because that offense has failed so badly.

  68. dannymac17 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:14 PM

    Sounds like you should hire Norv Turner and his Turkey neck.

    You know you love Turkey.

  69. marcuswelby1 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:14 PM

    I need an offense that reflects who I am”. So you want a pompous, and arrogant offense???

  70. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 8, 2013 12:22 PM

    thebigtim2012 says:
    Jan 8, 2013 11:33 AM
    As a pats fan I hope they give him a ten year contract with a lifetime personal services deal. This guy is the gift that keeps on giving

    ……………….

    Could not have been said any better all pats fans should start a fund to pay part of his salary to stay as coach for the next 10 years, it’s a shame Tannenbaum had to go, good thing they locked up Sanchize for the next few years, stroke of genius

  71. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:24 PM

    I can’t believe this but I actually feel sorry for Jets fans.

  72. mhs8031 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:29 PM

    You need an offense that reflects who your offensive personnel is….

    Just as vain as when you announced that you finally beat Peyton Manning….No you didn’t. He played, you did not.

  73. johnnyhambone says: Jan 8, 2013 12:31 PM

    then former kansas coach mark mangino is your man! Lots of experience as an offensive coach.

  74. jessethegreat says: Jan 8, 2013 12:31 PM

    One that runs lots of boot-legs? Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

    Truth be told, I would absolutely love to have Rex Ryan as my Packers Defensive Coordinator should the Jets cut ties with him soon. Dude is a hell of a defensive mastermind. Just a shame he can’t get any semblance of an offense to work with. If the guy really believed in Sanchez, imagine how much he’d love working with a quarterback like Brady, Rodgers, Manning or Breesus? Notice me, the die hard Packers fan still mentioning Brady first? That’s because I’m not a Blind homer and admit that as much as I enjoy rodgers as my qb for the foreseeable future, I fully acknowledge Brady is the Best Quarterback Of All Time.

  75. rr2000k says: Jan 8, 2013 12:32 PM

    A windbag?

  76. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Jan 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    I think the offense already reflects who Ryan is…overrated.

  77. eastwood1956 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:34 PM

    The Jets are the only NFL team that make me proud to be a Titans fan.

  78. thejuddstir says: Jan 8, 2013 12:38 PM

    Last 2 years Rexy wanted a “ground n pound” offense and now he makes an excuse that he wants an “agressive attack style offense”. Isn’t any offense suppose to be agressive and attacking? Rexy blows more smoke than any other coach, makes up more excuses and unwilling to ever admit that he doesn’t have what it takes to be a headcoach. …..but as long as the wimpy woody keeps listening, rexy will keep talkin’.

  79. davikes says: Jan 8, 2013 12:39 PM

    The “weird” offense, coming soon to Met Life Stadium.

  80. patriotinvasion says: Jan 8, 2013 12:43 PM

    Even though the Jets are my team’s rival and the focus of a ton of well-deserved jokes, the fact is that they’re getting Revis and Holmes back, plus a decent 1st rounder. Mix in a QB that is borderline half decent (Alex Smith or whoever) and they’ll be able to be competitive on the back of that defense alone.

    See you next year Jets fans.

  81. harrisbarton says: Jan 8, 2013 12:47 PM

    “One word: Mark Sanchez”
    __________________________________

    That’s two words.

  82. weepingjebus says: Jan 8, 2013 12:50 PM

    Rex Ryan: Patron Saint of Trolls.

  83. misterchainbluelightning says: Jan 8, 2013 12:51 PM

    A Defensive Co-ordinator?

  84. mattyb8529 says: Jan 8, 2013 12:51 PM

    Got it a Terrible Offense & the Jets will remain terrible REX. It’s amazing you still have a job Rex

  85. thewizardofbs says: Jan 8, 2013 12:58 PM

    I’m so glad the Jets are keeping T-Rex! Looking forward to him turning the Jets around next season!

    signed – all the Dolphins Fans

  86. fwippel says: Jan 8, 2013 1:04 PM

    Uh Rex, you had an offense that reflected who you are: It was all flash and hype, but there was nothing under the hood.

  87. leafsfins says: Jan 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    To think jets fans were making fun of the dolphins last offseason. Oh how the tables have turned

  88. cwk22 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:13 PM

    A loser?

  89. jaggedmark says: Jan 8, 2013 1:14 PM

    I don’t know what he’s talking about. The Jets have a clown offense, and that reflects exactly who Rex Ryan is.

  90. cwk22 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:15 PM

    The owner is right, he does have a rare ability to lead a team. Lead them to a laughing stock and a losing record.

  91. rollerino1 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:22 PM

    He needs an offense that reflects in the “Win” column.

  92. steviaquinn says: Jan 8, 2013 1:31 PM

    Bring in Jerry Glandville and the Run and Shoot

  93. 88ibis says: Jan 8, 2013 1:40 PM

    So he’s hiring Rob Ryan?

  94. vavikingfan says: Jan 8, 2013 1:45 PM

    Doesn’t the OC report to the head coach?

  95. u2krazie says: Jan 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    Rich Kotite… where are you when we need you?

  96. dondiraider says: Jan 8, 2013 1:55 PM

    sounds like hes hiring hue jackson!

  97. jpb12 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:57 PM

    He is one confused individual. He doesn’t know who he is. He kept saying he wanted a team that attacks… but couldn’t describe what that might look like. Whatever it is… that’s what he wants his O/C to be.

    How the hell does someone fit that job description? He doesn’t know what he wants.

  98. MichaelEdits says: Jan 8, 2013 2:01 PM

    I guess Run and Shoot is out of the question

  99. getyourownname says: Jan 8, 2013 2:06 PM

    tombradysbaby says:Jan 8, 2013 11:58 AM

    Can we just have a moratorium on posts about the Jets till they do something notable again? No their blowhard Coach flapping his lips is not notable.
    **************************
    You got that right. At the moment, 4 of 11 PFT front page threads about the Jets. Need those web page hits.

  100. nykingfan says: Jan 8, 2013 2:07 PM

    He said the same thing last year when he hired Sparano. that was his type of coach who reminded him of himself.
    In my next life I want to come back as Rex Ryan..A complete failure with a million dollar salary and a billionaire moron for a boss.
    Xanadu!

  101. hehateme2 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:14 PM

    But I thought they already had an offense that was like him. They were loud, obnoxious, made promises they couldn’t back up.

    Yea, that sounds about right.

  102. craigkintexas says: Jan 8, 2013 2:21 PM

    Some of you may be too young to remember Abbott and Costello, but Rex and Woody could double for them.

  103. canesgiants says: Jan 8, 2013 2:24 PM

    god bless the jets–they are the laughingstock of the nfl. thank u rex–what a buffoon u sounded like in your presser. i cant believe the team lets that idiot talk.

  104. countduku says: Jan 8, 2013 2:33 PM

    always wrong, overweight, overrated,overpaid, easy to make fun of. It’s sounds like it’s all you already Rex.

  105. dcfan4life says: Jan 8, 2013 2:36 PM

    The Jets offense is awful top to bottom. Overhaul the entire group. Draft a RB, 2 WRs, a TE and 2 OL with 6 of your 7 picks. Then go get Alex Smith. Ya i said it. He will be cheap, efficient, and if you get a good supporting cast the Jets will be relevant again.

  106. nflfan1 says: Jan 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    Fat and Stupid

  107. phillyjeff says: Jan 8, 2013 3:13 PM

    A big fat loud mouth

  108. cheesewizz says: Jan 8, 2013 3:24 PM

    Sorry Rex, you ain’t gonna do squat when your owner doesn’t know what he’s doing, and will probably hire a GM who doesn’t know how to draft… Just like the last several years. Rex is a good coach, but he and the whole Jets management suck at drafting…

  109. lrjets says: Jan 8, 2013 5:19 PM

    Now he’s against ground and pound. Makes it sound as if he tailors it to fit a particular offense.
    When he addresses NY fans, he’d be wise to remember he’s he’s not talking to those in cornfields. His BS catches on as soon as it leaves his snack-deprived lips.

  110. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 9, 2013 10:11 PM

    You have one that reflects you. They can’t score.

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