Rex Ryan: Outside criticism fuels the fire a little bit

AP

“We don’t pay attention to anything that goes on outside this locker room” is a familiar refrain to hear from player and coaches over the course of a football season.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has never really beaten to the same drummer as the masses when it comes to dealing with the media, something he reinforced this summer when he took issue with ESPN ranking the Jets 32nd in their preseason power rankings. Five weeks into the season, the Jets are 3-2 and the title of the worst team at MetLife Stadium belongs to the Giants.

Ryan said Tuesday that winning three of their first five games doesn’t leave the Jets feeling “like we’re King Kong or something,” but reiterated that he thought the consensus opinion of the team was wrong. The people in the locker room are very aware of that consensus opinion and, according to Ryan, that’s helped them get off to a fast start.

“To think it doesn’t put a little fuel to the fire — of course it does,” Ryan said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “With that being said we know they’re not in the meetings. They’re not seeing what we’re seeing. I’m not going to lie to say it doesn’t have something — that it doesn’t spark you a little bit.”

Proving doubters wrong is always strong motivation, whether or not those motivated choose to admit it. For Ryan and the Jets, it has helped them to a winning record thus far. Keeping any delusions about being King Kong at bay would be a good thing as the voices outside the locker room move away from using the Jets as a punchline.

16 responses to “Rex Ryan: Outside criticism fuels the fire a little bit

  1. Right now, Rexy is in the lead for coach of the year. How are the Jets beating anybody with that crap roster?

  2. @hehateme2

    Falcons are 1-4, all 4 losses were 1 possession games, there other 3 losses are from teams with a combined record of 12-3. They are a very good team and it is a quality win. If not for Julio’s injury, I wouldn’t have been surprised if they still got to double digit wins.

  3. If I were Rex Ryan, I wouldn’t sign an extension with the Jets. I’m sure if the Jets are 8-4 they are going to offer him an extension. Rex would be a great fit in Tampa Bay or maybe even Houston. Izdik set this guy up to fail and Rex is showing him that he’s a quality NFL Head Coach.
    In other news, if Tom Coughlin gets fired then Bill Cowher will become the Giants next coach. Worst case, Sumlin from Texas A&M

  4. I want to be happy for the Jets, I really do. No team in the league is getting more out of their talent.

    But it’s hard because I know with each victory, Ryan is going to become more and more insufferable and arrogant.

    He can’t help himself. He’s a Ryan. That’s what they do.

  5. As a Patriots fan, I say congratulations to the Jets and their fanbase as I was one who thought this team would be lucky to win 4 games. The Jets have a very good defense and seem to be making plays on offense to win game.

    It will be interesting at the end of the season, because based on the current results, I don’t see how they fire Rex. I agree with the poster above, that Rex should tell Idzik to shove his job and take his coaching somewhere else.

    Next week, the Jets could be playing for first place. As far as hehateme, he’s just a disgruntled Dolphins fan who knows in a matter of weeks, his O line is going to get Tannenhill knocked out for the season as they are on pace to be the worst O line in the history of the game.

  6. With all the vitriol and near-hatred the press (and a ton of commenters on this site) went after the Jets in the offseason, I can’t help but root for the Jets. And Rex Ryan.

  7. “f I were Rex Ryan, I wouldn’t sign an extension with the Jets. ”

    You’re right, Ryan, an over-sized personality with an ego just as big, belongs in a town like Tampa Bay.

    Ryan still has issues when it comes to challenges, time outs, understanding offense, developing safeties, getting wide receivers to suck less, and his most damning thing — shutting his mouth.

  8. The jets are a lucky team, Tampa set up the winning field goal with a hit out of bounds, the Atlanta coach left 3 points on the field at the end of the first half, otherwise they would have one win. Bill

  9. 6ball says:
    Oct 9, 2013 10:30 AM
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    Rex Ryan’s defenses consistently outperform their talent level.

    @6ball

    Pace, Coples, Richardson, Wilkerson, Cromartie, Milliner….6 1st round picks, 4 who are very young.
    David Harris and Damon Harrison are studs..

    how do we not have talent on D?

  10. Cant deny that the (not quite so much anymore) big man has gotten the most outta his team so far this year. If he can coax this team to an 8-8 record I dunno how they get rid of him seeing that everyone was forecasting the Jets to be a 3 or 4 win team.

  11. The jets are a lucky team, Tampa set up the winning field goal with a hit out of bounds, the Atlanta coach left 3 points on the field at the end of the first half, otherwise they would have one win. Bill

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    Ya know, if the Jets didn’t stop them on that 4th down, they also would have lost. Don’t see how that makes them lucky.

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