Rex Ryan will call the Jets’ defensive plays

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Last year, Jets head coach Rex Ryan delegated the defensive play calling to defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. This year, Pettine is gone and Ryan is taking the play calling back for himself.

Ryan told the New York Daily News that new defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will have input, but Ryan will make the calls.

“Dennis and I worked side-by-side with each other literally for years now,” Ryan said. “It’s something that we talked about and we want to do. I want Dennis to just be totally involved like he always is, but I’ll make the calls [and have] the final say on the calls. But again, the process will be very similar.”

Although Ryan is out of the business of guaranteeing Super Bowls, he’s still willing to guarantee that the Jets will have a strong defense.

“One thing I know for sure about this football team — since I’ve been here and as long as I’ll ever be here — is we will be one of the premier defenses in the league,” Ryan said. “The Jet way is playing great defense.”

If the Jets have a great defense, Ryan will get the lion’s share of the credit. If not, he’ll get the blame.

41 responses to “Rex Ryan will call the Jets’ defensive plays

  1. This is straight out of the “give you enough rope to hang yourself” playbook. Unless the D plays lights out, this will probably be his last season.

  2. Me thinks he is auditioning for a defensive coordinator job on another team in the future. He’s “dead man” walking as far as a head coach after this year.

  3. Good job Rexy! Nice to hear you wanna win. Now there’s this little issue that defense can’t help with. It’s called “Pick-6”

    Howzabowt fuggedabowt the D and make the offense stop making other defenses run around the field like a nascar race

  4. To think people in Baltimore wanted this side show instead of Harbaugh. No way Ravens are as successful with Wrecksy as HC.

  5. It’s like as soon as The Schamchize gets a snap, opposing defensive coordinators send a staff member to the goal line with a stopwatch to time his guys Pick-6 speeds. It’s that bad.

    Up till at week, Sanchez was still pulling out Brandon Moore’s ass hairs from his teeth.

  6. He should probably go back to that red/yellow/green card rookie play calling system for Sanchez, too. But add a brown card this time that means, “no butt fumble on this play”.

  7. YES, thank you!

    It’d been a whole 2,3 hours since the last Jets story and I’d started getting withdrawl symptoms.

    Don’t forget us this afternoon, baby, I needs my Jets fix….

  8. Yet again, Rex shows why he not a HC. It’s clear he is retreating to what he feels comfortable with in an attempt to save his job. Maybe he thinks if he can improve the defense enough, it will overcome his offense.

    A HC has to manage lots of in-game issues, some of which, he may be surprised to hear, deal with things other than defense, like offense, special teams, clock management, challenging calls, in-game strategic adjustments, referee discussions, and others.

    It’s virually impossible to simultaneously handle both coordinating and head coaching (see Garrett, J.). Good HC’s manage games and their coordinators, they don’t try to act as coordinators

    If he wants to be a DC, that’s fine. Just resign the HC title (and salary).

    I truly feel sorry for Jets fans. You deserve better.

  9. This is really an unbelievable phenomenon.
    It’s like leaving spots of jelly and syrup on a picnic table.
    As soon as anything Jets gets published, these mutts come-a-running here like ants.

    Fellow Jets fans, be proud that we occupy the heads of these haters. We are that important to them. They are in denial, but ’tis true. They also live and die with the Jets. Thanks for caring.
    Rent checks for the space is forthcoming.

  10. If these people really knew football, they would admit Rex is a defensive phenom, and to spout extraneous crap as a reply here, proves my point.

  11. Can the Jets just demote him to Defensive Coach next season and get an Offensive minded HC that takes his role seriously?

  12. wrdtoyrmama says:Mar 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    YES, thank you!

    It’d been a whole 2,3 hours since the last Jets story and I’d started getting withdrawl symptoms.

    Don’t forget us this afternoon, baby, I needs my Jets fix….

    Get your towel ready, it’s going to stop raining any minute,and the car wash will re-open.

  13. Has anyone thought of this angle.. Since Rex has taken over.. the talent on his team has declined.

    Say what you will… But under Mangini, there was some talent there.. But Mangini was the scapegoat for the whole Brett Favre debacle..

    Since then, it’s been going downhill…

    Just sayin…

  14. lrjets says: Mar 20, 2013 12:12 PM:
    “Get your towel ready, it’s going to stop raining any minute,and the car wash will re-open.”

    Dude, I’m a Jets fan, but even I get sick of reading about them 4,5 times a day.

    This deal with Revis, trade imminent, trade not imminent, interest, no interest, they’ll get a 1, no a 2, not more than a 3, over analysis on Rex gets way beyond tedious after awhile.

    And yes, the media does alot to stoke all this, because it gets hits. But its pretty clear to me, Rex is onboard with the new company line set out by Idzik, and yes, we all know Rex is on thin ice. But the fact remains, Rex can coach defense, that there should be little debate about.

  15. wow, so much haters bashing on Rex Ryan.. He will be with the Jets for YEARS to come.. because he simply bring out the top 10 Defense every year, and huh? Rexy dont bring talents? Really…? He drafted a Sleeper Rising Stars in Mo Wilkerson and Couple, and many others.. Rex Ryan is Defense guy… whatever the problem on Offense, does NOT GO TO REX RYAN…!

    Only 1 winner out of 32 team per year, and Jets isnt 1, ofc… and YOU AINT EITHER!

  16. wrdtoyrmama says:Mar 20, 2013 12:37 PM

    lrjets says: Mar 20, 2013 12:12 PM:
    “Get your towel ready, it’s going to stop raining any minute,and the car wash will re-open.”

    Dude, I’m a Jets fan, but even I get sick of reading about them 4,5 times a day.

    This deal with Revis, trade imminent, trade not imminent, interest, no interest, they’ll get a 1, no a 2, not more than a 3, over analysis on Rex gets way beyond tedious after awhile.

    And yes, the media does alot to stoke all this, because it gets hits. But its pretty clear to me, Rex is onboard with the new company line set out by Idzik, and yes, we all know Rex is on thin ice. But the fact remains, Rex can coach defense, that there should be little debate about.

    Ah, good reply. It just remains a puzzle to me how non-Jets could repeat over and over and over again what a circus the Jets are. Don’t they realize the true, diehard Jets fans are more upset with the Jets than they could imagine?
    Every week I was hoping that Sanchez would sit and Tebow would start. Even McElroy.
    It seemed obvious by not starting Sanchez would, in their minds be a face-saving act. Little did the three (Woody, Tanny and Rex) they are catching more flak then if they sat Sanchez and run the course with Tebow.
    I went through many losing seasons as a Jets fan, this is the first one that I put it on the entire front office and it’s worse than just wins and losses.
    The Jet fan will pay for it this next season in losing all hope.

  17. If these people really knew football, they would admit Rex is a defensive phenom, and to spout extraneous crap as a reply here, proves my point.
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    gread def coach HORRIBLE HEAD COACH. runs in the family. he is a head coach the last time i checked with the most overrated def in the history of foobtall. i know they were 5th and 8th and their pass defense was the best in the league–because as the stats dont lie they were the least thrown upon team in the nfl–u know why?? because everyone was running it down their ass and when u are winning the whole game u dont need to pass.

  18. wow, so much haters bashing on Rex Ryan.. He will be with the Jets for YEARS to come.. because he simply bring out the top 10 Defense every year, and huh? Rexy dont bring talents? Really…? He drafted a Sleeper Rising Stars in Mo Wilkerson and Couple, and many others.. Rex Ryan is Defense guy… whatever the problem on Offense, does NOT GO TO REX RYAN…!

    Only 1 winner out of 32 team per year, and Jets isnt 1, ofc… and YOU AINT EITHER!
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    someone needs to try hooked on phonics or english as a second language.

  19. Rex is a great coach and one of the best defensive coaches ever. He needs an offensive line and quality RB and he just doesnt seem to know it.

  20. I am a Dolphin fan and have been frustrated by them for years. So I know how you jets fans feel. But until you get lucky and get rid of the 3 stooges Rex, Woody and Sanchez you are doomed to misery….

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