Rex Ryan: I know I’m a great coach, getting fired is not a possibility

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Any NFL coach who misses the playoffs for two straight seasons has to know that he’s on the hot seat. But after missing the playoffs last year, Jets coach Rex Ryan says he doesn’t see any way he’s getting fired.

Asked on the Michael Kay Show about the possibility that he could be gone if this season is as disappointing as last season, Ryan said he doesn’t think so.

“I know I’m a great coach, and what makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the guys that play for me,” Ryan said. “It’s hard for me to look at myself as not being successful. I don’t see that as a possibility. One day, it might be 10 years from now or 15 years from now when Woody Johnson wants to go in a different direction, and that’s fine.”

Say this for Ryan: His confidence hasn’t flagged after an 8-8 season and an offseason in which the Jets have been the subject of constant criticism. And his job probably isn’t in jeopardy this year. But he’s going to have to have to prove he’s a great coach if he wants to stick around another 10 or 15 years.

104 responses to “Rex Ryan: I know I’m a great coach, getting fired is not a possibility

  1. Is there anyone in the nfl who says more and does less to back it up? Rex, shut up! Your delusions of grandeur are going to be the reason you never get another head coaching gig when you’re fired from this one at the end of this season.

  2. It because he’ll be smart enough to quit when the hammer is falling.

    Mr T will go before he does.

    Namath will be starting quarterback after the bye

  3. next up for rex is a vote of confidence. here today. gone tomorrow. lol i remember how espn was drooling over sanchez saying he was the better pick than stafford. whole team is a joke

  4. Rex, after the Jets go 8-8 or 7-9 this season, Woody Johnson is going to give you one more year to turn it around, and unless you somehow acquire 2 or 3 elite offensive linemen, a better QB, and one more viable starting receiver, you are going to be looking for another job in 2014.

  5. “I know I’m a great coach, and what makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the guys that play for me,”

    So… if you’re o-line sucks, your QB’s can’t throw a completed pass to save their lives, you have a handful of backup RB’s and no starter, your O-coordinator is in love with an offense approach that works once every 16 games… that kinda elminates that whole “great by association” note doesn’t it?

    He should’ve said “I have a really good defense and hopefully that’s enough to keep me in good standings with Woody.

  6. Not a Jets fan, and I find Rex annoying at times – but that being said:

    In his first two years, he led his team to the AFC Championship game relying on a legitimate top 5 defense.

    Notable quarterbacks he defeated on both of those post-season runs include Carson Palmer, Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

    Last year, in a “disappointing season,” his team went 8-8.

    In order to label 8-8 “disappointing”, you have to acknowledge that expectations with Rex in charge are higher than 8-8, which is a sign that he’s a solid coach.

    If the Jets are absolutely terrible this season (under 6 wins), their GM is likely to go first, with Rex on the hot seat in 2013. But I can’t really see Rex getting fired this year – two deep post-season runs buy a coach some leeway.

  7. My dream: Ryan gets fired.
    Jerry Jones fires Garrett and decides to unite the Ryans in Dallas.
    Then at the first press conference the three of them bludgeon each other to death in a scramble to control the microphone.

  8. I knew he was a great coach when he watched helplessly as his offensive team captain melted down during the last game of the season. What’s worse, he then admitted he didn’t even know there was a problem.

    Way to have you finger on the pulse of your team coach.

  9. I’m pretty sure resting your teams season, everything in the bag, on the shoulders of Tim “I’m like a smooth-faced Christ” Tebow to be one of your duel starting qb’s is a GREAT WAY TO GET FIRED!!!! If anything he should be bored for taking a season in which the offseason was both very expensive and has a media circus around the Jets. He is gone after this horrible experiment fails this year. Tim Tebow is A RB, FB OR TE! NOT A 3RD STRING QB EVEN ON THE WORST TEAM IN THE AFL!!! I actually could see Tebow next season as the starting H-back for the Redskins and with Shanny as his coach, he would be an actual success as an NFL player and win like he did in Fla not waste his career trying to learn how to play 3rd string QB!!!!

  10. Fans across the NFL know Rexy isn’t anything more than a bag of wind but he has an owner who drinks the Rexy kool-aid. As long as Woody drinks the kool-aid, all will remain the same in jetsville.

  11. Every time this joke opens his mouth he makes a fool of himself. Some one better tell this fool the old saying ” better to keep your mouth shut and let their be doubt that you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt”

  12. While he has been a great coach the other guy who coaches at Metlife has won two SB’s

    Reading what this guy says is better then the funny papers

  13. If his evaluation of his players is done with the same filter as his self evaluation……well that explains the state of the Jets.

  14. They’ll keep firing/hiring OCs before they’ll actually fire Rex but I would not be surprised if he would be on the chopping block in the near future.

  15. It’s possible for every coach….just because he doesn’t think it will happen does not mean it won’t. The offense is horrendous and all this guy does is talk, I swear all the weight he lost went to his mouth..

  16. This guy is delusional. He is absolutely on the hot seat. His locker room is the worst in the NFL, to match his offense. They probably will never win that division and I see the Bills with a better record this year. Jets win maybe 6 games this year. Rex Ryan is a great D.C but that is it.

  17. Sounds like Rex thinks he’s going to be fired….

    Hey Rex, your problem is not getting fired, your problem is what team would ever hire you next?????

  18. Rex is living out the dream of any ten year old who ever played Franchise mode on Madden. Job security doesn’t seem to be an issue.

  19. His definition of great is apparently much different than mine.

    ZERO Super Bowl appearances let alone a Super Bowl win and he lost the locker room last year

    That is great??

    I guess all you need to do to be great in his eyes is to yap all the time and eat lots of GD snacks

  20. Well, like father like son for those of you who remember his dad promising champinoships in Philly and Arizona…Never happened of course..

  21. Rex definitely has a few screws loose. He knows he’s a great coach? Has he watched his team play at all?

  22. Ah yes, and with this we know for certain, football season has officially arrived.

    Props to Rex for the weight loss, but too bad they weren’t offering a 2-fer-1 with a lobotomy.

  23. I know I’m a great coach. Getting fired is not a possibility. Maybe 10 or 15 years from now…

    Is there another coach in any sport, at any level… who has ever said anything remotely close to this?

  24. Well the owner loves the promotion and attention that Rex gives the Jets. However Ryan’s moves for changing the offense, including the hire of Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano just might be enough if the Jets do not win and score some points. TD points that is, not just Sparano fist pumping field goals.

  25. Sadly, Rex will not learn the difference between being a leader and being a loudmouth until he joins the UFL next year.

  26. No rex, the problem is you opening your mouth and saying things like this. It brings negative publicity to the team, and makes you seem like an a$$. Thats why youll be fired

  27. What is Rex thinking of speaking like this? I cannot
    imagine any other coach bragging about himself like he does. It’s ridiculous, he needs to grow up, and shut up.
    A decent coach just coaches and shuts up. His buddy up there has won 2 Super Bowls, and says nothing.
    That’s how you do it.

  28. first day after a holiday weekend and roughly 50 Jets haters are up and posting drivel on a Jets article before or during work….and Red Ryan is the loser? laughable.

  29. Rex Ryan has never had a losing season and he’s been to two of the last three AFC Championship games. In his first 3 seasons as a head coach, ever. So yeah, the Jets should probably fire him, considering what an awful record that is. I’m sure there are dozens of candidates with better resumes.

  30. Ravens fan here. I loved Rex as our DC but was glad our owner did not hire him as our HC. He is really megalomaniacal.

    Me me me me. Enough about me what do you think of me should be his mantra. He has really lost touch with reality with this statement. Coaches are hired to be fired. He has to know that.

  31. No Rex, you are a bad head coach and a village idiot to boot. You will be fired, the only question is when.

  32. If they don’t make playoffs, they are going QB is round 1. And no way that Woody gives Rex 2 cracks at developing first round qbs after two seasons that you miss playoffs. Playoffs or you’re fired.

  33. Comparing their first three seasons as a HC in the NFL, Rex has been better than your coach (that goes for any and all of you).


  34. If he didn’t get fired after the foot thing then he probably never will be. If that didn’t make him lose the locker room I don’t know what could. I for one would have demanded a trade and made sure to keep my socks on until it went through.

  35. whitechocolate2 says: Sep 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    “Comparing their first three seasons as a HC in the NFL, Rex has been better than your coach (that goes for any and all of you).


    Just because you say fact after something doesn’t make it true. Silly Jets fan. I can’t speak for other fans, but as a Redskins fan, I remember Shanahan’s career getting off to a much better start as a HC than Ryan. That’s a real fact.

  36. Rex is awesome. I’m ashamed to say I’m a Dolphin fan ( thanks to Ross & Ireland) but I love Rex’s confidence.

  37. LOL!!! This idiot is the T.O of coaching. Can’t shut up, locker room nuisance, and too egotistical. Rex you look like a tub of lard and your team sucks. You are far from untouchable. Well, your wife only touches you with her feet… that should tell you something.

  38. Does anyone recall Hue Jackson’s overconfidence? If Ryan doesn’t produce some key results, Woody Johnson will eventually feel like Ryan is showing him up with comments like these.

  39. I can only imagine how good he will be with a Manning, Brees, Rodgers or Brady. Funny how those other coaches are great only when they have a great QB,

    Ryan wins with limited talent. He is right.

    Love the lap and on ego joke.

  40. No Rex, you are not a great head coach and neither was your father Buddy.

    Both of you are defensive minded and couldnt care less about the offense. Buddy gave Cunningham free reign to do whatever he wanted and couldnt care less about it.

    Rex cares about the defense and has Sanchez and Tebow ahead of McElroy on the depth chart who is obviously better than the #1 and #2 QBs.

  41. Don’t you guys realize without Rex you and the media will have nothing to criticize or whine about? The team and coach went to championships 2 of the last 3 years, which no other team accomplished.
    They haven’t played a single game yet, and you all have them in last place. You would think after they went 8-8 (a good year for the Raiders) that it was the worst team ever. Its hilarious!
    The Jet D will be fierce this year and they will be a playoff team. Rex has lost the weight, but you can still crack your great foot jokes when they’re playing in late January. We thrive off your hate and jealousy!
    Jet Fans

  42. At least Grossman could take his team to a superbowl, and he is our #3 QB! Just imagine how RGIII is going to sweep, SWEEP the NFL this season + Shanahan keeping everyone on their heals with our STACKED running back core!!

  43. I actually like Rex Ryan (and I am a Dolphin fan). He might run his mouth off sometimes but players love playing for him and he always has had a good defense. The way I look at it is that his weakness is on the offensive side of the ball, so he needs a good OC. Trust me, he does not have that with Sparano. In all the years Sparano was HC there always issues with the passing game, issues with blocking and most of all there were always issues when it came to the red zone.

  44. Um, better beat the Bills at home with all those offensive plays and wildcat formations you’ve been blabbering about that nobody has seen yet.

  45. I understand he has taken the jets to a couple conference games and is a compitent nfl coach. But the arrogance and the need to be in the spotlight all the time with his guarenties and self proclaim greatness is to much and will be his and his teams undoing,not to mention the players starting to point fingers when they are 6-10 and miss the post season for the second straight year.GO JETS DOWN IN FLAMES!

  46. “You would think after they went 8-8 (a good year for the Raiders) that it was the worst team ever. Its hilarious!”

    This is why other NFL fans laugh at the Jets and their fans. The reason the Jets are a joke for going 8-8 is because you have a coach who proclaims to be the best coach in the NFL and claims be going to the Super Bowl every single year. I don’t hear Rex Ryan claiming that his goal is to be as good or better than the Raiders, do you? Like you, Rex Ryan is a failure and a clown.

  47. Rex is bound to fail. He has all the skill and talent, etc…but he doesn’t have the personality of a head coach. He has a personality that should’ve never let him go beyond a DC. He can’t control himself, let alone a team of 53 men.

  48. The only reason Rex made the playoffs his first season is because the Colts pulled all their starters in the last game of the season.

    Otherwise he’d be 8-8 that season as well.

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