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Rex Ryan may alter his Mark Sanchez tattoo

Rex-Ryan-Mark-Sanchez-Tim-TebowRex Ryan was always a huge supporter of Mark Sanchez when the former USC star was with the New York Jets. How big are we talking? Rex has a tattoo of his wife wearing a Jets jersey with Sanchez’s No. 6 on it. So yeah, that big of a supporter. Now that the Jets have released Sanchez, what’s going to happen to the tattoo?

On Tuesday, Ryan was asked if he still has the tattoo. He proudly rolled up his sleeve to display the ink, noting that it “was my tattoo and still is my tattoo.” However, he did not rule out changing the number on the jersey.

“I may alter it, who knows?” Rex said, per Newsday’s Tom Rock. “I may put 75 on it and honor Winston Hill. I think that’s the idea. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Hill is a former Jets offensive lineman who played for New York when Rex’s father Buddy Ryan was an assistant coach there. It would probably be challenging to turn a No. 6 into a No. 75, but I’m sure a good tattoo artist could do it.

[Photo: Rex Ryan's Mark Sanchez tattoo]

As for Sanchez, Ryan explained why he felt such a close connection to Sanchez during their five seasons together.

“That was my first draft pick, me being a coach that was my first pick,” he said. “You have the vision that this guy is going to be with you for 10 years. I’m sure every coach has that. Very few make it that far. I think in an ideal world, that’s what you would have liked.”

Rex also said that he thought being released from the Jets would be good for Sanchez, as he believes he is still capable of earning a starting job elsewhere. You know what’s coming next, right? Bill Belichick is probably going to sign Sanchez. How much would The Hoodie love Rex having a tattoo of one of his players?

Rex Ryan jokes about Eric Decker being too good-looking for Jets

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Rex Ryan thinks Eric Decker might have a tough time fitting in with the Jets, and it’s not because of reason you might expect.

Ryan talked about his Jets during an interview with “Daily News Live” on SNY Thursday, and he was asked about Decker’s reality show.

Decker and his wife, Jessie James, have a reality show on E! that figures to receive more attention now that the couple is moving to New York.

Ryan joked that reality TV is not for him after the way things went during his time on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.” He then took it upon himself to address Decker’s good looks.

“I will say this: that’s a good-looking kid now, there’s no question about it,” Ryan volunteered. “When he showed up, I’m like, ‘he’s not going to fit in the locker room because he’s way better looking than the rest of the guys we’ve got.’”

The good news for Jets fans is that Rex isn’t worried about Decker’s reality show being a distraction.

“I think he’s going to be more focused on football than he will anything else.”

We agree with him. Even with getting married, his wife being pregnant, and the reality show, Decker still had 87 catches for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He’ll be fine no matter what. And if something goes wrong with football, he can always just pursue modeling.

H/T Manish Mehta

Rex Ryan said to be ‘pissed’ about Jets not signing a top CB

Rex RyanRex Ryan is said to be “pissed” over the New York Jets’ failure to sign one of the top cornerbacks on the free agent market this offseason.

Not only was the team unable to bring back his favorite, Darrelle Revis, who signed a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, but they also lost Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the New York Giants. They failed to sign DRC despite having him in for a visit before the Giants, which is usually all you need in order to get a deal done.

Ryan loves having top cover cornerbacks because it allows him so many more options when constructing his defense. It’s no surprise he was ticked the team didn’t sign DRC.

Check out some of the tweets sent by Jets reporter Manish Mehta about the subject.

Maybe Idzik thinks the team will be able to address the need in the draft. Then again, it’s not like he’s drafted too well at corner. Last year’s first-round pick Dee Milliner was benched at times during the season.

Failing to sign Rodgers-Cromartie could also lead the team to bring back Antonio Cromartie, who was released earlier this month.

Jets players celebrate Rex Ryan returning as their coach (Video)

Rex-Ryan-keeping-jobThe New York Jets missed the playoffs this season, but that didn’t stop them from celebrating in the locker room after a win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Rex Ryan may or may not have been coaching for his job over the last month of the season — a stretch in which his team went 3-1 and lost a tough game on the road to a very good Carolina Panthers team. Ryan will now be keeping his job through next season, and the players are ecstatic.

After New York’s win over Miami, Jets owner Woody Johnson announced that the team has decided to bring Rex back for 2014. When Johnson made the announcement in the locker room, the players went crazy and jumped all over Ryan.

When reports surfaced that Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is going to be fired, one player referred to him as a “douche” who is not trusted by several players. Similar stuff has been said about former Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, who was fired on Monday. Ryan is different in that sense.

Players legitimately enjoy playing for Ryan. They want to win for him, and they proved that on Sunday by beating the Dolphins in a game where Miami should have been playing with incredible urgency. Johnson made the final call on keeping Rex, but it was really the players’ decision.

Video via The Big Lead

Rex Ryan officially will be back as Jets head coach

Rex Ryan weight lossNew York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced on Sunday what the team should have announced a long time ago: Rex Ryan will be back as the team’s head coach in 2014.

“We’re going to keep Rex Ryan and he’s going to be our coach next year,” Johnson said via Manish Mehta.

The Jets eliminated the Miami Dolphins from the playoffs with a 20-7 road win in Week 17. They somehow finished 8-8 on the season. When you look at the team they have and the lack of talent, it’s nothing short of stunning that they won eight games.

Ryan deserves serious consideration for coach of the year with the job he did. He definitely deserved to be back next season.

Report: Rex Ryan may return to Jets as head coach

Rex Ryan JetsIt looks like the New York Jets brass may actually have their heads out of their behinds and will actually keep Rex Ryan next year.

Ryan will be in the final year of his contract next season, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it seems like he will be back as Jets coach. Schefter says Ryan has always had the support of team owner Woody Johnson, but it was uncertain how he would get along with new GM Jeff Idzik. Schefter says the two have gotten along better than anticipated.

Though it’s not a guarantee that Rex will be back, it seems like he will be. What’s not known is whether he’ll receive a contract extension, and what will happen with many of his assistants, who are working on the final years of their deals.

As I said last week when one report said Rex told his players he heard he would not be back next year, I think he should be back. Rex is an excellent defensive coach and good overall coach. The guy just needs a better quarterback to have a shot at winning consistently. And it seems like Rex telling his players last week he would not be back was more of a motivational tool than reflection of reality.

Rex Ryan reportedly told his players he heard he is getting fired

Rex RyanThere could be a head coaching vacancy for the New York Jets this offseason.

According to FOX NFL reporter Jay Glazer, Rex Ryan told his players in a team meeting Saturday night that “word on street is that he’s getting fired.” Glazer says Ryan asked his players to fight with him for the last two games of the season.

The Jets did just that and beat the Cleveland Browns 24-13 Sunday to improve to 7-8 on the season. They have the opportunity to finish .500 when they visit the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.

News that Ryan believes he is getting fired comes as no surprise. Many thought he would be fired after going 6-10 last season, but he avoided the ax. Perhaps reaching the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons as head coach bought Ryan an extra year.

I actually think Rex has done a fantastic job this season. The Jets are devoid of talent offensively and have gotten poor quarterback play, yet they’ve still won seven games. A lot of that is due to Ryan’s good preparation with the defense.

Think about how many games the Jets have won in Ryan’s five seasons as head coach (they’re 41-38) and then think about who he’s had playing quarterback those seasons. Now tell me he hasn’t done a really good job with that team. They need a new QB, not a new coach.