When Rex Ryan took over as head coach of the New York Jets, one of his first moves was to bring over some of his trusted players from Baltimore. He encouraged the team to sign linebacker Bart Scott and safety Jim Leonhard, and the moves paid off for the Jets.
While Rex brought in his own guys, he also had to figure out the role of some of the organization’s incumbents. One such player was safety Kerry Rhodes who generally has good numbers but ended up in Ryan’s doghouse. Ryan wasn’t fond of Rhodes’ playing style and even benched him during the ’09 season.
Rhodes signed a free agent deal with Arizona and recorded 90 tackles, four interceptions, and two fumbles returned for touchdowns last season. Though he’s been out of mind and out of sight for most Jets fans, Ryan has brought back some of those feelings when a quote from his new book Play Like You Mean it emerged.
According to Rich Cimini, Ryan said about Rhodes “He was a selfish-ass guy. He wouldn’t work and he was a Hollywood type.”