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What does Rex Ryan think about his own coaching ability?

  • Dave Ragazzo


Rex Ryan is…confident to say the least.  He has been since day one of his coaching tenure with the New York Jets.

The outspoken coach has made bold predictions about his team year in and year out that has affected fans both ways.  Fans loved the confidence when he led the team to back-to-back AFC Championships, but then grew tired of the bravado after missing the playoffs the last three years.

So how does Ryan feel about his coaching ability?  What do you think?

In an interview with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Ryan said that he believes he is a great coach.  It should come to no surprise to anyone in Ryan’s confidence in his own ability, but this will be a big year for Ryan.  If the Jets miss the playoffs again, this could be the last hoorah for Rex.

Here is more from Mehta:

“Do I think that I’m a great coach? I absolutely know I’m a great coach,” [Rex] Ryan told the Daily News in a recent wide-ranging interview. “But it’s not just about me. What makes a great coach is the people that surround you, the people that are with you every day. There’s guys that help me be a great coach. My players help me be a great coach.”

Ryan has missed the playoffs for three consecutive seasons after getting within one win of the Super Bowl in each of his first two years. His candor sometimes clouds the undeniable fact that he is one of the best defensive minds and motivators of the past decade.

“I’m not saying that I’m the best or whatever… or the best of all time,” Ryan said of his credentials. “I just know that I’m the best that I can be. I know that I’m willing to do the work. I may have limitations. I get that. But nobody’s going to convince me that they’re more passionate about their job than I am… and that they’re more passionate about their organization than me.”

He knows the backlash is coming. Great? He hasn’t even been to the Super Bowl, while seven current coaches have won it all and seven others have made it to the big game. Great? He’s 46-40 in five seasons, including a three-year stretch without a winning record.

The past three seasons have been tough for the Jets but much of that has to do with the players on the roster opposed to Ryan’s coaching ability.  Sure, the head coach has to take some of the blame, but Vince Lombardi would have trouble coaching the Jets over the last three years.  During this stretch, the team has lacked offensive firepower and have shuffled through three different offensive coordinators.

It is clear that Ryan is more of a defensive minded coach, but the team went out and added many pieces to improve the offense for the upcoming season.  The expectation for Ryan and the Jets to return to the playoffs is real, and Rex will have to be “great” to continue his coaching career in New York.

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