Rex Ryan says the Jets are “not even close”


Jets coach Rex Ryan usually starts each year bounding with optimism that his team will win the Super Bowl. This year Ryan tempered that optimism before the season, and at the halfway point he’s sounding even less confident that he has his team in the right place.

But Ryan is still saying that he’s enthusiastic about getting the second half of the season underway.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Ryan said on Monday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I know we’re not where we want to be. We’re not even close. We’re not sniffing the playoffs. We’re not sniffing anything right now. But I want to get there. I’m excited about the prospects in front of us.”

Ryan said changes are coming on the 3-5 Jets over the second half of the season, although he declined to say what those changes will be.

“We will be doing some different things. I don’t want to get into the specifics of it,” Ryan said. “If there’s an advantage to be gained, then I want to gain that advantage without letting our opponent know. I’m excited about trying to implement some of these things.”

Whatever those changes are, they’d have to be significant to make the Jets — who are currently two games behind in both the AFC East and the AFC wild card race — into a place where they can sniff the playoffs.

26 responses to “Rex Ryan says the Jets are “not even close”

  1. Why does he always give hints on what his gameplan might be? And its not like he’s even doing it to throw his opponents off, he actually does what he talks about during the week lol

  2. As a Ravens fan I’ll keep hope alive for the Jets to have a 4-12 season and see Rex back as the Ravens defensive coordinator next year.

  3. Is that seat your sitting on is getting a little toasty, there, Rexy?

    Perhaps we could get Rex as an understudy to Bill, whipping the Pats defense into shape next year. We could really use him in that capacity. 🙂

  4. Significant changes are coming, huh? Yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it. In another article at this very website, the Jets say they do not intend to change QBs, so how significant could these forthcoming “changes” be?

  5. i love that jets fans love this guy, he is completely dillusional!!

    he can change whatever he wants but he cant change the quility of talent he has

  6. Love him or hate him, Rex Ryan wears his emotions on his sleeve.

    His teams have always played my Steelers physical, and some of us find his style charismatic and refreshing in its optimism and candor. Some of us think it’d be fun to play under Rex.

    And it’s clear that there’s a growing segment of people who don’t like him or his style.

    But whether you dig Rex or can’t stand the guy (and putting the current Jets struggles aside), he does make life more interesting than the coaches ruled by the standard cliches.

    One final take: I think Rex may be loyal to a fault with Sanchez. Sanchez seems to be a fine human being, and always kind to everyone – excepting that time he wiped a boogie across Brunell’s jacket on the sideline.

    But even though Sanchez seems like a nice guy — you need someone that can rapidly advance up the learning curve. We have a handful of rookies outperforming Sanchez, and Sanchez has been around for years getting max-reps.

    If the Jets get someone of quality behind center, they have much to be hopeful about.

  7. I’d like to see Tebow start so he can get his hat handed to him with the lack of offensive personnel this team has. Would love to see him get slaughtered on the field so he will just go away.

  8. Said it once and I’ll say it a million times over. Rex got his sense of QB loyalty from Billick when he was with the Ravens. Billick rode out the Kyle Boller storm for years longer than he should have. Boller was terrible, but Billick refused to admit that he drafted a terrible QB in the first round. On the same note, Rex refuses to admit Sanchize is a bust, and continues to ride it out with his poor excuse of a QB at the helm. I think it’s fair to assume Rex will see the same results as Billick.

    Welcome back to Baltimore in 2013 Rex.

  9. “We’ll be doing somethings differently next year.. such as watching every game from a TV studio or the comfort of there living room. He and Tannenbaum have not blended well and Rex will absorb much of the blame for other peoples decisions.

  10. “We’re not sniffing anything right now. But I want to get there.”

    I truly wanted to refrain from mentioning anything about wives and videos and SUVs and feet here. I really did.

  11. One game at a time Rex. If the Jets can go into Seattle and get a win, I don’t care if its 12-11 final score and beat a 4-0 home team, then optimism can begin for this season for NY Jets.

    Only 2.5 weeks until the Patsies come into Jersey, Rex gets his revenge!!

  12. When Rex says changes are coming, why do we assume they will be good changes? I mean they can get worse. Oh, and Seattle’s defense is going to eat up that pathetic QB and offense.

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