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Rex Ryan’s plan for 2014: Kicking butt and making the playoffs

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Despite missing the playoffs for the third straight season in 2013, Jets coach Rex Ryan remains confident heading into 2014.

“My mentality is never going to change,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I plan on kicking some butt. I just want to be a part of this team. This is where I want to coach.”

Ryan’s recent contract extension only guarantees his salary through 2015, which means it would be easy for Jets owner Woody Johnson to afford to fire Ryan after this season. Which in turn means that if Ryan doesn’t lead the Jets to the playoffs this year, he’s probably out.

Which seems fine with Ryan, because he plans to make the playoffs.

“I want to make the playoffs. Period. That’s all I think about,” Ryan said. “Whether you make it or not make it — there’s no guarantee how many wins we have to get — I can just tell you this: We want to make the playoffs. We want to be in there. It’s a disappointing season if you don’t make the playoffs. That’s three years in a row that we haven’t made the playoffs. So, heck, do I have to make [the playoffs]? I don’t know.”

What Ryan does know is that he wants the Jets to kick butt.

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64 Responses to “Rex Ryan’s plan for 2014: Kicking butt and making the playoffs”
  1. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 20, 2014 9:06 PM

    thats why they are the jets….
    ….and we are the ravens

    #champs

  2. jakec4 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:06 PM

    I like the humble, scared of getting fired Rex better. Looks like pro wrestler Rex is back.

  3. coucheducation says: Jan 20, 2014 9:07 PM

    No reason why they can’t, honestly. Will completely overhaul the offense this offseason and it’s not like it takes a great record in the AFC to grab a wild card spot

  4. vincentbojackson says: Jan 20, 2014 9:09 PM

    “Kicking butt”

    It’s funny because the guy has a well publicized foot fetish.

  5. dietrich43 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:10 PM

    “I came here to do two things; chew bubble gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum.”

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 20, 2014 9:12 PM

    “Hey, hey, folks, don’t leave, I’m just getting warmed up. Have a seat, the waitress will be right over with a drink, and you’ll love Chicken Parmesan……”.

  7. arwiv says: Jan 20, 2014 9:14 PM

    A couple of years ago rex would be telling us how his team was going to win the super bowl. Now he just wants to make the playoffs. I like the new, toned-down, rex.

  8. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 20, 2014 9:17 PM

    Looks like he has downgraded from his yearly Super Bowl expectations.

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 20, 2014 9:17 PM

    Doesn’t everybody want to make the playoffs though? What makes his and their wanting of it special or unique in any way?

    It sure would have been unfortunate to hear that they didn’t make the playoffs this year because he and the team opted to not want to play some extra ball this season. I’m glad for 2014 he has already spoke with everybody and they have agreed as a team they want in on the next postseason session.

  10. coltzfan166 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:18 PM

    Hey at least he’s not guaranteeing a Super Bowl win anymore

  11. f1restarter says: Jan 20, 2014 9:18 PM

    A few years ago, his goal was to win the Super Bowl. Way to lower those expectations, Rex.

  12. bobleblah says: Jan 20, 2014 9:20 PM

    There’s a foot joke in there somewhere…

  13. bullcharger says: Jan 20, 2014 9:20 PM

    Isn’t that every teams goal?

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 20, 2014 9:23 PM

    Rex has his Tebow face on. Nothing is impossible.

  15. mzew233 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:27 PM

    2 Loses booked already, with WIlfork/Gronk-full Pats..
    + Loss to Denver.. Possibly KC.

    Already looking at 12-4 best case scenario.

    Already not going to win the division, so good luck in a wild card game.
    But glad we had to read about this when your team isn’t playing.

  16. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 20, 2014 9:28 PM

    Is Geno Smith planning on actually being good?

  17. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:37 PM

    Geno Smith is a horrible quarterback.

  18. xli2006 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:39 PM

    With who at QB?

  19. bowdowntopeyton says: Jan 20, 2014 9:40 PM

    Patriots plan for 2014 – Stomping the Jets twice, and the same for the Dolphins and Bills.

    I really wish there was some real competition in the AFC East.

  20. enzo1030 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:47 PM

    A complete lack of offensive talent and still finished 8-8? Jets getting to the playoffs doesn’t seem too farfetched. Especially when you’ll have tons of cap space after clearing the dead weight of Sanchez and Holmes and draft some offensive players.

  21. martybugs2 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:48 PM

    The cheating patsies are done!!!!one hit to gronk and he’s done for the season.miami isn’t going anywhere with there coaches jets and buff will fight it out for AFDC east…..

  22. dlk47823 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:49 PM

    This will be a dangerous team next year. Going 8-8, 1 game out of the playoffs in a salary cap starved year.
    Jets are only a few players away. A Wr, TE in the draft. As much as 25 mill in cap space after dumping Holmes and Sanchez will buy another nice LB and DB to add to best front four in the game. (and they’re all under 26)
    Have good rb’s and a solid O-line.

    Idzik quietly got this turned around quickly.

  23. raiderapologist says: Jan 20, 2014 9:49 PM

    But he still refuses to hire his hippie brother.

  24. citizenstrange says: Jan 20, 2014 9:53 PM

    It would be cool if Tomlin could make the playoffs.

  25. coltsreign says: Jan 20, 2014 9:54 PM

    Now that i thinkaabout it,
    Rex just newds a good qb and hell do much more.
    But ill believe him when they steal the east from thoe patriots

  26. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 20, 2014 9:56 PM

    OMG, ambitions lowering much?

    I thought his goal was to win the Super Bowl!!!

  27. computojon says: Jan 20, 2014 9:56 PM

    Good luck with that, Rex.

  28. kevo95 says: Jan 20, 2014 9:57 PM

    Sure they r

  29. backdapack4evr says: Jan 20, 2014 10:10 PM

    Here we go again!!
    When will this clown learn to shut up??
    Makes predictions he can’t keep, then let’s down the team??

  30. kerzondax says: Jan 20, 2014 10:14 PM

    He did well this season with a crap team and marginal QB. More power to the guy.

  31. uglydingo says: Jan 20, 2014 10:16 PM

    If the Dolphins had won the last game of the season (the wheels fell off when Hartline got injured), Miami would have made the playoffs, not San Diego, Ireland would still probably be in his GM job and Rex would probably have been fired by the Jets (and have been an applicant for the Browns/Vikings/Bucs/Lions/etc coaching jobs).
    I like Rex’s inspiring confidence, but I didn’t hear him guarantee a Super Bowl. Might even have to do it without Mark Sanchez

  32. steelcurtainn says: Jan 20, 2014 10:24 PM

    That’s Rex for you. Always below the line.

  33. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 20, 2014 10:40 PM

    Rex looks like a goon in that picture.

  34. unitasftw says: Jan 20, 2014 10:42 PM

    Pats aren’t going back to the AFCCG. 4 times in row? Nope. Can’t win without a top 10 defense Brady….. 3 is where your at and 3 is where your going to stay… FOREVER!

  35. 90210g says: Jan 20, 2014 10:53 PM

    More like getting their butts kicked. Oops genoqueero smith just threw another pick!

  36. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 20, 2014 10:53 PM

    For any team who lets the Patriots use their facilities, they would then need CIA-sleuth pros to go through and remove all the hidden cameras, listening devices, etc. before said team could return.

  37. govtminion says: Jan 20, 2014 11:24 PM

    So the day after the conference championship games, two great games featuring the four best teams in football clashing… we’re listening to Rex Ryan yap again?

    …Why on earth is anyone talking to him right now?

  38. patsfan1820 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:35 PM

    If the Jets get a competent offense they have a chance. If Rex were not the Jets head coach I would probably like the guy.

  39. dodohead418 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:40 PM

    The plan for the Jets is nothing, but losing.

  40. jtumen88 says: Jan 20, 2014 11:57 PM

    he’s been watching adventure time..

  41. chrisdacommish says: Jan 21, 2014 1:13 AM

    No rooting interest for the Jets or Ryan, but I can name a few teams that would be better off with him as their coach.
    Minn
    CLE
    Detroit
    Washington
    Atlanta
    Buffalo
    Miami
    Tennessee
    Houston
    Oakland
    Cincy

  42. xsorethumbx says: Jan 21, 2014 2:08 AM

    The jets are pretty much the best team 9 months out if the year. Too bad October , November and December count

  43. huthuthut says: Jan 21, 2014 3:07 AM

    Well, that is a better plan than “lose until it doesn’t matter” strategy that he tried this year.

  44. nyneal says: Jan 21, 2014 4:37 AM

    I just don’t get why this guy gets so much press. He is a big-mouthed average HC who hasn’t won a damned thing.
    He keeps saying “the Jets way” all the time, as if that’s something special. Well, the Jets have exactly one Super Bowl trip and win in their whole history, and that was in 1969.
    This guy is a total buffoon and he and his fat brother are frauds living off their father’s reputation, who by the way, stunk as a head coach, too.
    Every HC thinks about winning all the time, Rex! Why do you think that makes you unique? Maybe someone tied his lap band too tight and he can’t think straight.
    Oh well. It’ll be fun having Rex around for another year so the Jets can lose again.

  45. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jan 21, 2014 6:45 AM

    You tell ‘em Rexy…

    Last I checked we almost swept the Pats this season.

    One more good draft & cap space for FA’s Haters beware….

  46. hehateme2 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:50 AM

    Hope springs eternal …. for the delusional mind.

    He used up his luck saving his job for one more season. Back to 5-6 wins (where they belong) with Geno.

  47. boblavoie says: Jan 21, 2014 7:00 AM

    martybugs2 says:
    Jan 20, 2014 9:48 PM
    The cheating patsies are done!!!!one hit to gronk and he’s done for the season.miami isn’t going anywhere with there coaches jets and buff will fight it out for AFDC east…..
    *************************************
    Marty has gone bugs twice. We hear this every year – how NE is done. Jet fans should get it through their little heads that as long as there is Tom and Bill, the Jets don’t have a chance. Especially when the Jets have a Geno and a Rex. Sorry girls, but the playoff are out of the question. Rex is only good for football because he adds a touch of humor!

  48. marcuswelby70 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:28 AM

    Although the Jets went 8-8 this past season the injury bug never really hit this team. For them to get lucky with that 2 years in a row is not likely…just sayin’.

  49. RexCanCoach says: Jan 21, 2014 7:35 AM

    The Patriots are at home, and somewhere near the swamps of Jersey, Wes Welker is smiling…

  50. RexCanCoach says: Jan 21, 2014 7:38 AM

    Geno will definitely improve next season. Lots of cap space, give Idzik another draft, needs are DB’s, WR, lines are stout. No reason they can’t go to playoffs next year.

  51. rahavort says: Jan 21, 2014 7:47 AM

    Here comes the circus ring leader with all his predictions for the season. At least we get to enjoy the circus that is the NY Jets with Mr. Feet is the head coach for a few more years!! Make it some hilarious years Rex, we’re all counting on you.

  52. metitometin says: Jan 21, 2014 8:17 AM

    Give me a break. Every team was doing the exact same thing because it was legal. Get a freaking clue. Wonder how many Seahawks will be on illegal drugs for the Superbowl.

  53. rahavort says: Jan 21, 2014 8:21 AM

    Circus season already started. Geno Smith, a Jet player got thrown off a jet for a cellphone. Lmao

  54. ez4u2sa says: Jan 21, 2014 8:32 AM

    In his dreams. Patriots own the AFC East,

  55. devildog911 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:48 AM

    Duh, ask any coach if they don’t want to make the playoffs.

  56. weepingjebus says: Jan 21, 2014 8:58 AM

    One thought: go easy on the sweater vests.

  57. jlilly67 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:59 AM

    It’d be nice if his boss would for the first time in 5 years give Rex an actual QB to work with. 2 AFC title games with Sanchez and 8 wins with Geno is insane coaching

  58. craigkintexas says: Jan 21, 2014 9:08 AM

    Never ceases to amaze me…..those Ryans keep giving and giving….LOL

  59. natijim235 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:23 AM

    ok Rex anything you say

  60. realdealsteel says: Jan 21, 2014 10:16 AM

    This is the nurtured down version of the one that was here 3 years ago. I like this new Rex.

  61. jjackwagon says: Jan 21, 2014 10:20 AM

    He keeps saying that but they never do.

  62. newjerseygiants says: Jan 21, 2014 10:22 AM

    I think they’ll win the AFC East next year. All they need are a few decent guys to catch the ball, which I’m sure they’ll get.

    The Patriots, regardless of making it to the AFC Championship game this year are on the decline. Next year they’ll probably be a third place team. Miami and Buffalo aren’t exactly great either.

    Gang Green will have a super defense and with those few additions on the offensive side of the ball, should be 11-5 next year.

  63. jr507 says: Jan 21, 2014 11:07 AM

    Amazing how even with some of the “worst QB”s in the league, Ryan is 4-7 against New England including 1-0 in the playoffs. Yet Pats fans act like the Jets are such a layup.

    If Smith hadn’t imploded in the first meeting this year, these teams would be almost at a draw during the Ryan era.

    With the Brady tenure coming closer to an end each year, maybe a bit of humility might be in order. Your “genius” coach may show his true colors without Brady’s or Parcells’ coattails to ride.

  64. cool10857 says: Jan 21, 2014 2:38 PM

    Rex Ryan’s mentality will never change because he is mental.

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