This friend had received a voicemail from new Jets coach Rex Ryan. Ryan had a request for all Jets fans to be as loud as possible for the Jets’ home opener against their division rival New England Patriots.
Any NFL fan knows the Jets have been a joke, and the Patriots are the scions of the league.
My reaction was “WOW.” I was thoroughly impressed. Admittedly, a little jealous too as a lifelong New York Giants fan because it made a fan know his importance to his team. My jealousy faded fast once I remembered this was the Jets, but if Ryan got the team playing—God bless him.
Well, it worked because the 2009 Jets went to the playoffs and that is more than I can say for my Giants.
So when HBO announced that the Jets would be the new team features on Hard Knocks, I was excited. I had admired coach Ryan’s energy and now could see first-hand how he worked his magic in training camp. I was excited.
Then, to my utter disappointment, coach Ryan is not the leader I thought he was going to be. Dropping the f-bomb left and right, while acting like a buddy rather than a coach.
Where was the line of respect or order? Surely, a team like the Jets could not be lead by a man who was more concerned about the cameras than the players.
One pathetic scene was when Ryan was doing check-in one evening at training camp chanting “Revis, where are you?” over and over again.
Darrelle Revis is the top cornerback in NFL, who is still under contract with the Jets for two more years. Revis wants more money because this season salaries are uncapped, meaning that the owners can spend as much as they want too. Continue reading ‘Hard Knocks Jets Episode 3: Fans Want Respect? Don’t Watch Rex Ryan’ »