For the final two years of his tenure with the Jets, coach Rex Ryan didn’t allow himself to be himself. Now in Buffalo with a clean slate, Rex is Rex again.
The latest example comes from an interview with Jenny Vrentas of TheMMQB.com, where Rex responds to recent comments from Jets tight end Jace Amaro about the final year of the Ryan regime.
Said Amaro: “Guys just weren’t accountable last year as much as they could be. I think that’s the biggest thing, he’s making sure everyone’s gonna be 100 percent in or he’s not going to be on the team.”
Said Rex of Amaro: “He’s full of sh-t, and I’ll remind him of that when we play him. Look, we weren’t perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that’s a f–king b.s. comment. But, hey, he’s happy that he’s got a different coach in place. W e’ll see how happy he is when I play against him.”
Ryan also confirmed that, once the Jets fired G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and hired John Idzik, Ryan knew the bell eventually would be tolling for him.
“They were trying to pull away from me,” Ryan said. “Like it was my fault, somehow, that people identified the Jets with me, and that was a bad thing and not a good thing. I was just being who I was. From that point on I knew I wasn’t going to be long for that job.”
The Jets dispute Ryan’s belief, but it was obvious to anyone paying attention that Rex was walking on eggshells for the last two years. He’s now planning to stomp on anyone who gets in his way, and that’s the Rex Ryan that not only can lead a team to great places but also can make the NFL a lot more fun to follow.