Today, Rex Ryan said something that is going to make a lot of people mad. "I'm a hell of a lot better football coach than I'm given credit for," Rex said. He followed it up by stating, "I don't have to brag, even though statistically, I can brag about anything I've ever done defensively.
And you know what? He's right.
A lot of people are going to say, "Shut up, Rex," or "Stop talking." But if he were to do that, he wouldn't be the Rex Ryan that led the New York Jets to the AFC Championship two years in a row. People love to mock coaches that give canned answers or don't give answers at all, but when a coach like Rex actually speaks his mind, people mock him then too.
I for one don't think Rex should stop being himself. And I think he's absolutely right, that he's one heck of a coach. He has his faults, but for me, the good far outweighs the negative. Given teams with some semblance talent, he's proven he can get them far into the playoffs, which is more than you can say for the vast majority of coaches out there. There are a lot of coaches out there that excel at one side of the field (Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints' offense) but aren't particularly strong when it comes to the other side. This is certainly true of Rex. But his biggest fault has been his hiring of coaches to maintain that other side, rather than the actual coaching of his players, which Rex has stated, and I agree with, that he is one of the best in the business.
I don't believe Rex is truly on the hot seat, and barring a complete team meltdown, I expect to see him wearing the green-and-white at least through 2014. And I'll be happy to see it.