If MTV Creates A Show About The New York Jets It Should Be Called "Revis and Butthead"
I'll make this very clear: I don't care much for Jets head coach Rex Ryan. He is brash and bold and makes a lot of statements that you don't normally hear from an NFL coach. Last week he implied that those who voted for Charles Woodson for defensive player of the year clearly don't know football. A vote for Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was a vote for common sense. He opened his tenure trying to stir up bad blood between the Jets and the rival New England Patriots. He just doesn't act like a normal coach. He is, indeed, a butthead.
But I'll give Ryan credit, he's taken a lot of pressure off of the team and they are buying into what he is preaching. In December the playoffs looked hopeless but the Jets took advantage of two late season games against Indianapolis and Cincinnati in which both the Colts and Bengals were playing for nothing. Then the Jets parlayed that with road playoff wins against the Bengals and Chargers.
Like his father Buddy, Rex is a defensive minded guy and the Jets have turned into one of the toughest and most sound defensive units in the league. Couple that with a solid running game and Ryan has made things easy for rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is not asked to win games on his own.
You don't have to like Rex Ryan, and I certainly don't, but he's got his team one step from the Super Bowl and that takes a lot of effort. Even more so considering the Jets have a rookie quarterback and were left for dead with just weeks remaining in the season. I'm hoping the Jets don't beat Indianapolis on Sunday but if they do, it will be a well-deserved trip for a team that has bought into the philosophy of a coach who resembles a long-ago cartoon character.