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2 08 2011
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Has Rex Ryan toned down his wild attitude from previous seasons? Well the tattoo he unveiled yesterday at training camp begs to differ.

Bold, brash, and harsh are only a few of the words used to describe Coach Ryan’s comments. Rex Ryan loves to put the attention on himself, as when he said last year’s Jets-Patriots playoff game was “personal” between him and Bill Belichick. On multiple occasions, season after season, Ryan has audaciously mentioned that the Jets will win the Super Bowl… fans have yet to see this happen.

Maybe this smack talk simply runs in the family. Brother of Rex Ryan and Cowboys new defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, has starting talking before the 2011 season has even started. It seems brother Ryan can’t handle all the recent praise for the Eagles. He came out today and stated, “I don’t know if we win the all-hype team, I think that might have gone to somebody else, but we’re going to beat their [expletive] when we play them.”

I won’t deny that confidence is an aspect of sports that’s valuable to success, but the type of confidence Ryan exhibits seems to be excessive. Coaches should have control. With an absence of this quality and a superfluous amount of bravado, a coach consequently puts a target on his team’s back, which is unfair to the athletes. Instead of aiding the progress of his team, he actually can diminish any advantage his players might have.

When you analyze coaches that have been consistently successful in sports, a pattern starts to form regarding their approach to coaching. In the NBA, Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson have been the two most reliable coaches, winning 9 of the last 13 Larry O’Brien trophies. Even with Popovich’s dry sense of humor, he never gloats about his team or calls out another team. In fact, no matter how many wins his Spurs have, he usually points out the improvements that still need to be made. Phil Jackson is similarly composed. He is a wise coach that never lets his temper get the best of him, and he keeps his comments to a minimum. What about the NFL? Well, one coach comes to mind that has had similar success and a calm attitude – Bill Belichick. In a time when there seems to be a different champion every year, Coach Belichick led the Patriots to 3 Super Bowls in 4 years. Unlike Ryan, Belichick seldom wastes time entertaining the media with a comedy routine. Instead, he focuses his energy behind the scenes, and this mindset has provided him with many successful seasons.

With the haughty attitude Rex Ryan loves to flaunt, I find it very hard to believe that the Jets will win a championship anytime soon. Once Ryan decides to quit attempting to get under every opponent’s skin, I believe the Jets might be able to go somewhere (if they get another quarterback, but that’s a discussion for another time). I guess for now, Ryan will keep coaching in his showy way, and we will see how far that gets him.

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2 08 2011
Kev

Seeing as how I’m old enough to remember when the Ryan brothers’ dad, Buddy (as classless a guy as has ever coached in the NFL, IMHO), was the head coach of the Eagles, it’s not surprising to see that the apple appears to have not fallen far from the tree. There’s no doubt that defensive coaching wizardry is in their genes, but these guys do have an affinity for showiness.

(And OK, this may be a little tacky, but, seeing pictures of Rob Ryan in the paper for the first time since the lockout…he was already a big dude, but it looks like he gained an entire person’s worth of weight since then. And is it too geezer-ish of me to suggest that the guy needs a haircut? Some people can pull that look off, but Rob–especially when pictured next to Jason Garrett, who obviously cares about his personal fitness–just struck me as cartoonish. Granted, if he gets the ‘Boys’ defense going again, this will all be overlooked.)

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