One thing that really ticks me off is fans of other teams talking trash about how the Jets win, but they care about their team's coach not embarrassing the franchise. The most personal issue was the foot thing.
Let me ask you this.
If Rex drafted a guy who had a child with his then unmarried daughter, would that be a big story that people would blow out of proportion? I think it would be. Tom Coughlin did.
If Rex was named the other man in a woman's divorce, would that be a big story people would blow out of proportion? I think it would be. Bill Belichick was.
If Rex had a child arrested at the team's stadium for underage drinking and another was arrested for marijuana possession, would that be a big story that people would blow out of proportion? Bill Belichick's son was.
Don't think for a second I believe the media should have made a bigger story out of any of these. My point is that what happens off the field should stay there. That goes for what I mentioned above. It goes for Rex's foot matter.
Sure, you might argue the Sal Alosi matter makes Rex look bad. Then again, there is zero evidence he knew about this, and there is film of Belichick's team doing the same thing.
Sure, Braylon Edwards got a DUI. Then again, that's more of a societal problem and a huge one within the league considering 73 arrests of NFL players for DUI's took place in 2008.
The bottom line is this whole thing is another media narrative. People in the media and some fans seem to feel that if enough people take one angle, it becomes fact. By their logic, the Patriots could be out of control instead of the disciplined unit they are portrayed to be.
Rex Ryan is an excellent football coach. If anything, the noise makes people forget that, which is his most important attribute.
Note: I know Chris Snee is one of the best guards in football today and completely justified the selection, but we couldn't say that was going to happen at the time, which would have made those stories possible.