Former Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis reportedly loved the idea of returning to the Jets. Current Jets coach Rex Ryan reportedly wanted Revis.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Ryan “badly” wanted to bring Revis back to town. Ryan, however, was overruled by higher powers.
Presumably the higher powers that traded Revis away last year over Ryan’s wishes.
It’s no surprise that Ryan would want Revis. His presence on the field makes the rest of the defense better, and if the defense is better the Jets have a better chance of winning enough games to keep Ryan employed.
Contract extension notwithstanding, Ryan is in the same situation he occupied in 2013. With a contract that has no guarantees beyond 2015, he’s coaching once again for his job. He has a better chance of keeping his job if he makes it to the playoffs. He’d have a better chance of making it to the playoffs with Revis on the team.
He now has something tangible to point to if/when he’s arguing to keep his job. If they’d given him Revis, Ryan surely would have won more games than however many the Jets win.