Rex Ryan’s TV gig begins in earnest on Tremendous Bowl Sunday, however the place that gave him his first probability to shine as a head coach has by no means been removed from his thoughts.
Someplace within the stranger-issues-have-occurred division lies this tantalizing thought: Might Rex have a second act with the Jets?
“I am undoubtedly by no means going to say by no means on that one,” Ryan informed the Day by day Information in a wide-ranging interview on Monday night time, his first since getting fired by the Bills earlier than the season finale greater than a month in the past. “I really like New York. I do. I really like the individuals. I received a ton of associates — lifelong pals-in that group. I am going to by no means say by no means. I do not know in what capability, however I am going to depart that open for positive.”
Ryan, who went 50-fifty two in six seasons with the Jets, has extra playoff wins (4) than any coach in franchise historical past. He went to again-to-again AFC Championship Video games in his first two seasons earlier than lacking the playoffs in his remaining 4.
Organizational discord with former practice-wreck common supervisor John Idzik finally value Ryan his job, however might the person who as soon as breathed life into this star-crossed franchise get one other shot?
Rex Ryan skilled quite a lot of success early in his tenure with the Jets, however he additionally weathered controversies, scandals and scrutiny in a six-yr run that was by no means boring.
Todd Bowles deserves a good probability to get the Jets again on monitor after a forgettable 5-eleven marketing campaign, however there isn’t any telling what Woody Johnson, who’ll have his eyes on his billion-greenback child from throughout the pond whereas serving because the U.S. ambassador to the U.K., will do after the 2017 season.
Might Rex re-emerge? His relationship with Johnson has all the time been rock strong even after the Jets’ four-12 2014 season prompted an organizational home-cleansing.
“They needed to hearth me,” Ryan stated. “I gained 4 video games. It is so simple as that no matter whether or not we had $forty million or no matter beneath the cap. It felt like $70 million underneath the cap. So, I get it. I walked out of there with my head up and I understood. However that wasn’t straightforward for Woody. That wasn’t straightforward for anyone. Whenever you go four-12, you are going to get fired. And I knew that.”
“I appreciated Woody and his household,” Ryan continued. “(Woody’s youthful brother) Chris Johnson now may have a much bigger position with that staff. I am telling you, they’re good individuals. They imply nicely. They need to win too. Woody needed to spend cash. Woody needed to spend each rattling penny of (the cash beneath the wage cap) and but we saved it.”
Ryan’s disdain for Idzik was warranted provided that the GM sat on a pile of loot relatively than attempt to truly assist his coach, you realize, win video games, however he maintained that “I want the Jets luck.” (His tackle the Payments: “I do not want them good luck.”)
“I had six years there and I loved each certainly one of them,” Ryan stated of the Jets. “I do know I used to be supported. It won’t have been one hundred pc help all through the group (see: Idzik). However it was in all probability ninety nine %. So, that was superior. I really like that help that we obtained. It felt like a household.”
“I liked the followers too,” Ryan added. “The followers have been superior. They by no means stopped supporting me once I was in New York even when it was a catastrophe (of a) season. I nonetheless felt the help of the followers. That is an unbelievable feeling. That is what was so painful. I felt like I allow them to down. Once we went four-12, I needed to win so rattling dangerous for them.”
Ryan went eight-eight and seven-eight in his two seasons in Buffalo although you’d have thought that he had gone zero-31 based mostly on a few of the media protection. Ryan, fired 5 days earlier than the Payments confronted the Jets in Week 17, had a roster ravaged by accidents.
Rex Ryan made positive that he gained the day by day battle for the again web page, however, finally, wins on the sector — or a scarcity thereof — pressured Woody Johnson to fireside Ryan.
“The truth of it’s that typically they occur,” Ryan stated of the accidents. “How totally different have been the Jets once they misplaced Eric Decker? That staff appeared like a hell of a soccer staff in Week 2 once they kicked the s–t out of us. As quickly as Decker went down, that entire group went down. So, that is a part of it.”
Though Ryan stated that he “loved my time” in Buffalo, it was “night time and day totally different” from his expertise with the New York/New Jersey space when he was with the Jets.
“I really like New York,” stated Ryan, who was lately again within the space. “There’s some individuals, who for no matter purpose, do not like New York, however I am not one in every of them. I really like New York and I really like the individuals of New York … and I missed it. I am on the streets going to eating places and it was nice. It is like I by no means left.”
Ryan shall be a panelist on ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown this weekend, breaking down the Patriots-Falcons matchup. He stated that he’d wish to discover totally different roles in tv for no less than a yr to determine whether or not he truly likes it.
However will he scratch his teaching itch when he will get it?
Can he go house once more like Billy Martin did all these occasions with George Steinbrenner’s Yankees?
“That labored out. … And if we usher in Reggie Jackson, then let’s go for it,” Ryan stated with amusing. “You by no means know. I’ve by no means heard of that taking place, however who is aware of? That is what’s so bizarre about what’s in entrance of me down the street when it comes to teaching. Look, I really like teaching to the day I left, whether or not it was with the Jets or whether or not it was with the Payments. I like it. It is one thing that I loved massive-time, however we’ll see how this (TV job) is. I’ll give this a chance right here. I’ll put every thing I’ve into it and luxuriate in it.”
Are you able to think about Rex Ryan sporting inexperienced and white once more?
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