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#pounditMonday, June 17, 2024

Rex Ryan rips Todd Bowles, Jets for handling of Sam Darnold

Very few people know more about the pressures and difficulties of coaching in New York than Rex Ryan, but that never stops the former Jets coach from speaking his mind about a position he held for six seasons.

On Monday morning, Ryan blasted the Jets for their embarrassing 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills the day before. Ryan, who was fired by New York following a 4-12 season in 2014, called out Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan for always talking about the future, noting how the team has mishandled first-round pick Sam Darnold in his rookie season.

“He’s supposed to get better and ascend, right?” Ryan said. “Who the hell’s coaching him? I never saw it. He’s not ascending. Part of it is playcalling and all this stuff.”

Ryan then specifically criticized the Jets’ coaching staff for the approach they took against the Miami Dolphins earlier this season, noting that they gave Darnold no chance to succeed by going with empty backfields against a dominant pass-rusher like Cameron Wake.

As someone who knows what it’s like to be a dead man walking with the Jets, Ryan also said Todd Bowles is going to be fired and everyone else on the coaching staff should go with him.

“They’re gonna blow it up, and I hope they get it right,” he said. “Bring somebody in who understands the community, gets that kind of passion, can relate to the fan base and all that and never, ever have a performance like this again.”

While Sunday’s loss was the type that can lead to rash decisions, the Jets reportedly have no plans to make any significant changes before the end of the season. That said, it’s obvious from the way their CEO reacted after the Buffalo loss that something is going to be done.


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