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Rex Ryan will call the Jets’ defensive plays

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

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.

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41 Responses to “Rex Ryan will call the Jets’ defensive plays”
  1. germanstingray says: Mar 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    Open mouth, insert foot.

  2. andylucksneck says: Mar 20, 2013 10:23 AM

    Nothing better than an irrelevant Rex Ryan.

  3. patfanken says: Mar 20, 2013 10:24 AM

    Good for him. Getting a head start auditioning for that defensive coordinator job he’s going to be looking for next year.

  4. jimnsota says: Mar 20, 2013 10:27 AM

    Rex will be fired after this season, and will never be a head coach in the NFL again.

  5. mike5011ad says: Mar 20, 2013 10:28 AM

    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.

  6. radford7 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:31 AM

    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.

  7. riverhorsey says: Mar 20, 2013 10:31 AM

    At least 3 more stories about the Jets before the end of the day

  8. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 20, 2013 10:31 AM

    Eliminating a scape goat will the Jets get rid of Rexy.

  9. rethinklogic says: Mar 20, 2013 10:33 AM

    People may not like his loud mouth, but if you know anything about football, you know he is one of the best defensive minds in the game.

  10. psilenttype says: Mar 20, 2013 10:34 AM

    Seems like a lot of backtracking to make things right before the inevitable of him getting fired after the season anyway!

  11. John Fennelly says: Mar 20, 2013 10:35 AM

    Who’s minding the store over there. Somebody get the Jets a calendar…

  12. 950003cups says: Mar 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    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

  13. dowhatifeellike says: Mar 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    Only took him 5 years to get back to the one thing that he does well. Good job, good effort.

  14. skins21 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    Any non-Jets fans care about this?

  15. shots732000 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    Another thing he’ll soon regret.

  16. canesgiants says: Mar 20, 2013 10:45 AM

    someone should tell rex that when u r a football coach u r responsible for the whole team. after 5 years he still hastn figured it out.

  17. jamaltimore says: Mar 20, 2013 10:47 AM

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

  18. 950003cups says: Mar 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    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.

  19. djteknision1200 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:49 AM

    Wasn’t already doing this? because he sure didn’t have clue what was going on when it came down to the offensive side of the ball

  20. brutus9448 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:59 AM

    The jets need a few more QBs in camp. 5 is not enough competition

  21. nflsucker says: Mar 20, 2013 11:06 AM

    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”.

  22. 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….

  23. getyourownname says: Mar 20, 2013 11:08 AM

    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.

  24. ijahru says: Mar 20, 2013 11:15 AM

    It will be good practice for him because next year he will be a defensive coordinator for some other team.

  25. lrjets says: Mar 20, 2013 11:34 AM

    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.

  26. lrjets says: Mar 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    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.

  27. cmdrsmooth says: Mar 20, 2013 11:46 AM

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

  28. lrjets says: Mar 20, 2013 12:12 PM

    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.

  29. ronin36 says: Mar 20, 2013 12:18 PM

    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…

  30. phinfan84 says: Mar 20, 2013 12:23 PM

    This should be good preparation for Rex’s next job as a defensive coordinator

  31. 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.

  32. 69finfan says: Mar 20, 2013 12:38 PM

    And the wheels on the bus go round and round……………………all day long!

  33. hehateme2 says: Mar 20, 2013 12:58 PM

    I don’t know…. weak pass rush and soft run defense last year. Hardly top notch.

  34. simplegodfather says: Mar 20, 2013 2:04 PM

    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!

  35. lrjets says: Mar 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    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.

  36. canesgiants says: Mar 20, 2013 2:06 PM

    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.
    ====================================
    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.

  37. canesgiants says: Mar 20, 2013 2:07 PM

    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!
    ————————————————
    someone needs to try hooked on phonics or english as a second language.

  38. egonpeon says: Mar 20, 2013 4:41 PM

    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.

  39. kev86 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Thank God I’m a Giants fan. Whew!

  40. cool10857 says: Mar 20, 2013 6:29 PM

    Can Rex Ryan shut up?

  41. cwk22 says: Mar 21, 2013 1:05 PM

    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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