The 49-year-old Ryan has a career record of 35-27, including back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010, since taking over the historically feeble Jets organization in January 2009.
“His coaching style is over the top,” an AFC offensive player told Sporting News. “Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess. I don’t even know if you’d call him overrated anymore because it’s gonna be a couple of years since he was in the AFC finals. He’s pretty funny, and he’s a pretty good coach. But not THAT good.”
Ryan’s unwavering confidence and relentless and unpredictable blitz packages have allowed him to never oversee a defense that ranked lower than sixth in the league since 2005.
Nevertheless, the profane blimp has certainly made more than a few mistakes as an employee in the swamps of Jersey.
Ryan inexplicably, and insanely, named a retired teenage drug dealer, Santonio Holmes, as one of the team’s captains in 2011.
Predictably, Ryan’s asinine decision backfired and the Jets violently crashed on the gridiron and in the locker room.
Although injuries have been a primary factor, last season’s unrest has seemingly carried over and New York finds itself 3-5 and tied for last place in the AFC East Division with the Buffalo Bills.
After three years at the helm in Cleveland, the Browns went a porous 20-28 under Belichick.
The philandering fashion plate subsequently assumed control of the New England Patriots and recorded 25 wins, in contrast to 23 losses, from 2000-2002.
Hence, in comparison to icons like Parcells, Walsh and Belichick, it is evident that Ryan has been quite successful and more than “a pretty good coach” to date in Gotham.
Granted, there is no question that “his coaching style is over the top.”
Still, despite the New York Jets recent struggles, Rex Ryan is “THAT good” and a man who is more than capable of brining the franchise to its first Vince Lombardi Trophy since 1969.