Rex Ryan’s taking back some control on defense


It’s no secret that Jets coach Rex Ryan’s future is on the line this year.

And if that’s the case, he’s going to take hold of it the best he knows how.

Ryan said he intends to take a more hands-on role with the Jets defense this year, but not because he doesn’t trust new coordinator Dennis Thurman.

It has nothing to do with Dennis’ ability,” Ryan said, via Kimberly Martin of Newsday. “I mean, there’s a reason for four straight years people wanted him to be their coordinator and we denied it every time. So it has nothing to do with Dennis’ ability.”

Even if only subliminally, it has everything to do with Ryan himself.

He scaled back in his third season as head coach, letting Mike Pettine have more control. But Ryan’s going back to running walk-throughs and installing, the kind of stuff that was delegated in the past.

He’s also replacing seven starters, including several elders and the best cornerback in football in Darrelle Revis. That means more teaching defense, leaving the offense more in the hands of Marty Mornhinweg (and in the process taking a little poke at departed coordinator Tony Sparano).

“I’m going to go back to doing what I do, and that’s teach and coach primarily on defense,” Ryan said. “We hired a great offensive coach. Will I be involved there? Of course. But I do my best down there on defense. . . .

“I think we’re better served if I’m on the defensive side and making sure we’ve got the rules set the way I see it set.”

Translated, if he’s going down, he’s going down swinging.

11 responses to “Rex Ryan’s taking back some control on defense

  1. Rex is a great defensive mind. The Jets have lacked talent. He deserves some blame for that but obviously most of the blame went on their ex-gm.

  2. Say what you want about Rex, the guy is a helluva defensive coach. And with this season probably his last as HC it only makes sense for him to go down swinging, doing what he does best.

  3. If Rex takes the fall for what looks like an impending train wreck, the Jets will regret letting such a good coach get away much like Jacksonville fans have since Tom Coughlin was pushed out the door in Jacksonville. Rex is a loud mouth, arrogant, and shouldn’t have any hand in putting the roster together, but he certainly can coach his butt off if you give him good players.

    What he’s done, despite the Sanchize albatross around his neck is proof positive.

  4. Is it just me, or is this kind of funny? I mean, someone ought to tell Rex that he knows about as much about quarterbacks as Bill Walsh knew about linebackers.

  5. This works fine if you have the right OC you can trust and knows what he’s doing. Schotty was average, Sparano was well below average. Marty has a good track record so we will see if he can straighten it out. You can’t get any worse than last years offense. Marty n David Lee just might turn out to be the best addition the Jets made this offseason. Eagles fans probably disagree though.

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