It is probably safe to say at this point in his New York Jets head coaching career that Rex Ryan has not been very good at giving predictions. He stated that much himself on ESPN NFL Live today, and many fans and analysts alike should be well-inclined to finally take him on his word.
When he first was hired by the Jets, Ryan boldly claimed that they would have a ground and pound style and make a run at a Super Bowl title. He at least accomplished most of that as he positioned his team into the AFC Championship game in his first two seasons. Yet his predictions for a Lombardi Trophy rang empty.
Then the subtractions of personnel began to happen. Losing players such as RB Thomas Jones, RB Danny Woodhead, WR Laveranues Coles and others began to change the landscape of Ryan's club.
Yet Ryan still stuck to his predictions, claiming the Jets would win the Super Bowl. It is evident that the self-esteem of Ryan was never going to waiver, but fans began to tire of the routine, when clearly they saw the decline in production on the field.
The past two years, we witnessed a sudden slope of inconsistency and putrid play that emanated with one of the worst offensive seasons you might ever witness in 2012. The circus act that was the trade for Tim Tebow before the 2012 season just confirmed the inability for Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum—or owner Woody Johnson for that matter—to put a winner on the field.
In the preseason, Ryan was quoted as saying that this may be the best team he has ever coached. Well, if that was the case, their fans would not have had to endure a grueling 6-10 season that culminated with one of the most embarrassing plays ever: the butt-fumble.
So yes, Rex Ryan, we understand that your past predictions have never been on the mark. We also get that the Jets need to turn the corner in order to receive any bit of credibility that they are trying to garner. But for once, maybe you should just try coaching and evaluating rather than boasting.
But what New York fans need to see, is that their head coach can be a leader, not the boy who consistently cries wolf.
There are many areas that need fixing for the Jets, let's just hope Ryan can quietly go about his business and improve his draft selections while not acquiring dead weight players such as Tebow.