Why? The return of former Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan to the place he once called home.
The tabloids will be buzzing, and my show Thursday morning on WFAN will be off the hook because Rex Ryan is the type of personality that moves the needle.
Rex Ryan’s six-year tenure in New York was certainly interesting to say the least. The guarantees, the ridiculous quotes, the wigs and you can’t forget about the man’s love of feet!
Rex Ryan was certainly one of the most entertaining characters in the last 20 years of New York sports and was hands down the face of the New York Jets franchise.
Entertainment purposes aside, the Jets had no choice but to fire Rex Ryan at the end of last season.
It was time to say goodbye to Rex Ryan.
Yes, Rex Ryan led the Jets to consecutive AFC title game appearances in his first two seasons as head coach. He was the toast of the town, his bravado was off the charts, but the performance over Rex Ryan’s last four years was simply unacceptable.
You cannot justify four consecutive losing seasons under any circumstances. The guarantees became tiresome, the act ran thin and it was simply time for both parties to move on.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Jets currently have a record of 5-4 and have a very good chance to do something Rex Ryan couldn’t do over the last four seasons: qualify for the postseason.
First-year Jets head coach Todd Bowles has provided a stark contrast in personality to what Jet fans were used to.
His press conferences are boring, you won’t get the entertaining sound bite or the guarantee, but what you will get is a prepared, successful head coach leading a successful football team.
I’ll take that result any day of the week.
Rex Ryan’s vaunted defense never forced turnovers. Todd Bowles’ defense is among the league leaders in turnover differential.
Rex Ryan was clueless when it comes to the offensive side of the ball. Todd Bowles along with offensive coordinator Chan Gailey has put together the most competent Jets offense I’ve seen since the 2008 season.
Rex Ryan’s teams couldn’t escape controversy. Todd Bowles’ teams put controversy on the back burner.
You can have bravado if you want, I’ll take results. Todd Bowles is giving Jets fans results. For now.
So expect the nonsense, expect the circus throughout the week with Rex Ryan back in town. It should surprise no one that he’s named former Jet I.K. Enemkpali captain for Thurday’s game. The same I.K. Enemkpali who suckered punched Geno Smith back in training camp.
I’m sure he’ll talk a big game, he’ll tell you how great his 4-4 Buffalo Bills are, but come Thursday night and the rest of the year, we’ll find out how big a bully he’s really building.
I’ve heard that one before, another failed Rex promise.
Jets fans should be counting their lucky stars the circus relocated to western New York.
JJ’s Week 10 NFL Unlocks of the Week
(Season Record: 19-23-2)
• St. Louis -8
• Dallas +1.5
• NY Giants + 7
• Oakland -2.5
•Green Bay -11