Rex Ryan … The Promoter & The Coach. Put Up or Shut Up Time.

 

~  The NFL playoffs get started this weekend and the Jets will be one of the 12 teams on the road to Dallas for the Super Bowl. If you’ve been keeping up with the Jets the last 12 months, you’ve wittnessed one hell of a roller coaster ride. The 2009-2010 playoffs ended for the Jets with a loss in the AFC championship game to the Colts. One game short of the Super Bowl in head coach Rex’s Ryan’s 1st season … not bad at all. Rex Ryan was talking. If you ask Rex Ryan then he would have told you that he knew that’s where they’d be anyway. A year later, a HBO Reality show later, a couple of off the field incidents later, the Jets are back in the playoffs and playing the Colts. If you ask Rex Ryan he’d most likely give you the exact same answer … ‘I told you so.’ The Jets coach is not afraid to tell you how he feels, he’s been telling you how he feels since he was hired to coach this team. It’s been 2 years of non-stop, in your face, Rex Ryan. There are two sides to Rex Ryan in his role with the Jets … promoter and coach. Rex the Promoter is not afraid to tell you and anyone with a television that his Jets are the team to beat. It’s then up to Rex the Coach to get the Jets to back that talk up on the field. The flip side to the coin in professional sports is that talking only gets you but so far and you will be expected to produce. It’s put up or shut up time for the New York Jets and Rex Ryan.

If Rex Ryan was a party promoter, his events would sell out every sunday afternoon and occasionally on monday nights. The man can talk.  Since taking over the Jets head coaching duties from Eric Mangini, Ryan has created a winning atmosphere based on his take no prisoners attidude. If someone asks the question , “Why the Jets?” … Ryan’s leadership reflects  “Why Not the Jets?”  He’s the anti-Mangini, everything about him is night and day compared to the coach that was here before him. If Jets fans remember, Mangini’s teams were not really that bad and in fact many of them are on this current Jets team. The difference was clearly Ryan. The team owner even acknowledged that upon hiring him that it a change was needed. The Jets opened a new stadium and had seats to fill of course. They bring in Ryan who quickly let it be known that he’s here to win. They then drafted high profile Mark Sanchez and tagged him as the quarterback of the future. The results came and came quickly as the Jets brought into Ryan’s talk and “Why not us?” mentality. Ryan was talking. The fans brought in too, and so did the media … the NEW YORK Media. Once you talk the talk with the New York media, you’re going to be expected to walk the walk and walk it quickly and often. Ryan won the media and fans over with his talk. He won players over too, signing future hall of famers LaDanian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor. Ryan traded for Antonio Cromartire and Santonio Holmes. Those moves made it clear that the Jets were making a Super Bowl run for 2010-2011. Ryan talked some more and the executives at HBO were listening. The Hard Knocks Series featured the Jets and gave not only the New York market an inside look, it gave the entire country a chance to listen to Rex Ryan talk. The party was now a live one with a lot of energy, Rex the Promoter was talking the talk and then … the regular season started.

The Darrelle Revis holdout throughout the summer and a monday night loss to Ryan’s old team Baltimore to open the season was thought to possibly humble him, it didn’t. The Jets then ripped off five wins in a row. Revis injured his hamstring, which tends to happen if you holdout and miss most of training camp. Braylon Edwards got himself in trouble, arrested on DWI charges. Ryan’s Jet’s won four of the next 5 games headed into a monday night showdown in New England. He was still talking the talk after Tom Brady showed the nation against the Jets why he’ll most likely be MVP this season and why Bill Bellichick will most likely be coach of the year … the Patriots 45 and the Jets 3. The New York media was starting to take notice though that despite the talk Ryan was talking,  this Jets team was not playing with the same swagger it was playing with the season before. Ryan’s talk has always been the shield for what has gone wrong with the Jets, towards the end of the season it began to fall on deaf ears and then the media found a crack in Ryan’s armor … his personal life.

A story broke reportedly involving Ryan’s wife and some private videos. The media asked the questions they were supposed to ask and expected Ryan to once again … talk the talk. Ryan’s response was:  “I know you need to ask, it’s a personal matter.” The talk was temporarily silenced and the aftermath of that was a Rex Ryan that the media, Jets fans, and possibly even the the Jets were not expecting. Ryan was not giving off the same energy in front of the cameras and looked to be thinking about his answers before the questions were asked. The results were mixed as even though you can’t really blame Ryan for steeping up and protecting his family and private life, the swagger the Jets have been carrying clearly was nowhere to be found headed towards the end of the season. They went to Pittsburgh and pulled out a tough win though that I thought was the best of the season. It put them in position to go to Chicago and clinch a playoff spot without any help needed … they lost. Fortunately for them, the Jaguars were able to help them get into the playoffs anyway by handing over a win to the Redskins. The Jets backdoored into the playoffs with 11 wins, and this time it wasn’t due to Rex Ryan’s talk.

Last season, the Jets went into the playoffs confident and playing with house money. We all fed into the hype that Rex the Promoter created, I did, the Jets fans, the media, and now we all are looking for results from Rex the Coach. Rex Ryan is a very good coach, this sometimes get’s forgotten because of his mouth. The Baltimore Ravens through the last decade have been known for it’s intimidating defense, and it was Rex Ryan who had a lot to do with that before coming to New York. In this city though, all the talk and all the promotion in the world is good for only getting you to the door, it does not always get you through the door. It was the Colts who stopped the Jets playoffs run last season and they are standing in the way again.12 months of talk, hype, drama, and when that wasn’t happening … football. In the business of promotion, once the talk is done the actual event has to live up to the expectations. If that does not happen,  that promoter is tuned out and could be eventually out of business.  When Rex the Promoter and Rex the Coach are both on the same page, the Jets are hard to beat. It’s going to take them both to get past Peyton Manning and then Tom Brady and then possibly a rematch in Pittsburgh with Ben Rothlisberger just to get to Dallas. All the “Why not us?” talk won’t be enough if the Jets don’t show up ready to play against the Colts. Rex the Promoter has done all he can to get the Jets to this spot, it’s now up to Rex the Coach to show us all … Why Not the Jets!

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