Love him or hate him, you have to admit one thing, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is entertaining. Ryan might have a career in politics because it’s obvious he’s never met a camera he didn’t like. Never one to shy away from controversy, Ryan appears more subdued this training camp. Gone are all the post season promises. Instead of being the braggart, Ryan seems as if he has received marching orders from the front office to simply keep quiet. Or is it that he realizes he might just have one year left with the Jets in his coaching career.
As usual, there is a controversy in New York. The Jets have a quarterback conundrum. Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith? The question has been lingering ever since April’s NFL Draft. On Sunday, the maverick sounded more like a mouse.
When asked yet again who he was going to name as the Jets starting quarterback, Ryan told reporters that the decision will be made by the team, not just him. Ryan is operating under a new general manager this season, John Idzik, and it seems there is a new sheriff in town.
“I think you guys are making a mountain out of a molehill, to be honest with you. Ever since I’ve been here, it’s my fifth year year, not one decision has been made by one man. Not one decision,” said Ryan. Hmmm. Not one?
Turn back the clock a few months. When Ryan benched QB Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy last year, Ryan told reporters this gem- “That is my decision and solely my decision.”
Ryan’s song and dance has been entertaining over the years but it’s very possible that he has come to realize that his coaching future rests on what happens to the Jets this season. In all fairness to Ryan, he’s in a very difficult position. Mark Sanchez has proven not to be the answer but he sits him, New York will roll with the rookie, Geno Smith. Ryan had better hope that Smith finds the same success on the field that RG III or Russell Wilson had last year, despite a weaker supporting cast surrounding him.
There is no doubt that Ryan’s seat is one of the hottest in the NFL this season, but let’s hope he’s not under a gag order all season long. He’s just too damn entertaining to be muzzled.