Our man Dalbin Osorio scripts a farewell thank you letter to Rex Ryan…
Dear Rex Ryan,So, this is it, huh?
A tenure that started with the New York Jets knocking on the door in consecutive years will end with a bottom five record and a “circus” label, due to leaks and media games played by your agent in an attempt to set you up for your next job. None of us thought it would end like this, Rex. You came in and proclaimed that you weren’t here to kiss Bill’s rings and that you couldn’t wait to shake President Obama’s hand. This let us know we finally could change the perception about the Jets.
For too long, the Jets were in the shadows of the Giants in New York and of the Patriots in the AFC East. Rex, you were going to change all of that. You gave us hope, you made us believe, and then you won. You won with a neophyte quarterback, nd old school offensive philosophy, and a kitchen sink defense. In Baltimore, you had Ray Lewis. In New York, you had Darrelle Revis. When the Colts picked on someone other than Revis in the AFC Championship Game, you got Antonio Cromartie and people said passing against this secondary would be outlawed because it wasn’t fair. Revis Island didn’t really become Revis Island until you got here, so the hope is that Revis remembers that when he enters Canton.
Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Legar Douzable, Kenrick Ellis and Quinton Coples can all tip their cap to you because they’ve all developed, albeit maybe not as much as some of us Jet fans would’ve liked them to. Jeremy Kerley, Bilal Powell, Austin Howard, Oday Aboushi, Shonn Greene, and Chris Ivory all developed under you too. No one really likes to give you credit for that because the assumption is that you only coach one side of the ball. Right or wrong, no one ever discredits Sean Payton for the development of Cameron Jordan. You get credit for them here though. You went into Indianapolis and beat Peyton Manning, then went into New England and beat Tom Brady. I remember how you ran down the sideline to celebrate with Shonn Greene because you know what your team had accomplished. You were the best coach on the field that day, and over the last 6 years you’ve been the best coach on the field plenty of times.You weren’t a victim though Rex, and here’s where we talk about your warts because they are there. Some have accused people on this site of having an agenda against you. Rex, you probably follow me on Twitter so you know that I thought you’d be back for a seventh season as recently as 3 weeks ago. Then, your team came out woefully unprepared against a displaced Buffalo Bills team and got housed on Monday Night Football. You were out-coached that day, as you’ve been too many times coming out of a bye. Your defensive leaders, namely Demario Davis and Sheldon Richardson, have come out and stated that the team is unprepared. There seems to be a disconnect between what you see and what they see. There is also an aversion to developing a quarterback. People like to say that the Jets should follow the Bengals model and keep you despite the losses mounting up because the Bengals kept Marvin Lewis. Lewis has developed two quarterbacks, Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton, so he gets more leeway here. Sure, Dalton isn’t an elite QB like Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees, but when Marvin can develop his second round QB and you can’t Rex, it is safe to say he has more of a chance of sticking around.
Your resume is filled with ALOT of what ifs and there are numerous people that can make excuses for you. Some people will rightfully blame John Idzik for some of the failures this season. However, do you know how many people picked the Jets to make the playoffs in the offseason? Do you know how many people bet on you!? Heck, I was one of them Rex because your personality and desire to kick Tom Brady’s ass were things I wanted from my head coach.
You bled green just like the rest of the Jets fans. Now? I just want to win a Super Bowl Rex, and I don’t think you’re the guy that’s going to lead this team to a Super Bowl. Your Super Bowl is whenever the Jets play the Patriots, the rest of the schedule be damned. You’ve beaten the Patriots more than any team over the last 6 years, and you’ve rightfully put fear into that team whenever you’re on the other sideline. However, beating New England once a year isn’t what I want Rex. I will miss you Rex, and I want to take this time to say thank you. Thank you for the biggest win this franchise has seen since Namath’s guarantee. Thank you for ground and pound, for Revis Island, for Mo Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson. Thank you for refusing to kiss Bill’s rings, and for beating Peyton. Thank you for the memories. Most importantly, thank you for being you. Now, you’ve earned a god damn snack.