Rex Ryan: Put up or shut up!
I am a Rex Ryan fan. When he came to the New York Jets last season I liked his attitude, his style, and his passion. It has an effect on the fans and the players.
However, there is a fine line between passion and talk, and this season Ryan cannot seem to tell the differnce between the two.
Last season Ryan kept his team’s spirits up even when they were at their lowest point and got them to play all the way to the AFC Championship game. This season, Ryan chants, “We’re going to the Superbowl,” every week. So far the Jets have not proved to me that they are Superbowl worthy.
Yes, the Jets do have an 11-5 record. That is something to take note of. How they came to that record is a different story.
After a long summer of talking about Superbowl aspirations, the Jets lost Week 1 to the Baltimore Ravens 10-9. Defense was solid, but the offense looked embarrassing.
The beat division rival New England Patriots the following week and won games in the next three weeks. After a bye week they lose to the Green Bay Packers 9-0. Offensive woes re-emerged and defensive issues began.
The next two weeks they went into overtime against both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions; teams they should have should stopped from scoring and should have scored more TDs on. They also barely slid by teams like the Houston Texans and Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans have been a challenge for a lot of teams, but the Bengals were a mess this year, and the Jets almost gave them a real chance.
Then came the infamous “Game of the year.” The team Ryan called a “must win.” Ryan talked and talked all week about going up to Foxboro and beating the Patriots and making their way closer to the Superbowl.
Given the Jets lost to the Patriots 45-3 I guess Ryan did too much talking and not enough coaching. What was Ryan’s response to the loss? He was ready to take his team out on the field in Foxboro right then and there and play the Patriots again. I’m sorry Rex, but what are you trying to prove?
This weekend the Jets begin their playoff trip against the Colts in Indianapolis. This week Ryan has been saying that playing this game against Petyon Manning is “personal” and that, “we’re familiar with the enviornment.” He also said, “There’s no time like the present to get it done. All our chips are into play.”
Well Rex Ryan, you better be right.
At the start of the season I said with all the talk Ryan and the Jets have been doing they better win the Superbowl. I also predicted they make the playoffs as a wild card and lose in the first round. I stand by my prediction.
So Rex Ryan if you want me to shut up, then you better put up a fight on Saturday, because the Colts will not back down easily, even if they are missing their best players. If you can’t do that then I suggest you stop talking so much.