A lot of people pinned their hopes on Mark Sanchez to become the franchise quarterback of the New York Jets, but apparently his coach wasn’t one of them.
Former Jets coach Rex Ryan, now with ESPN, said recently that he never believed Sanchez could become the franchise quarterback some felt he was destined to be.
“With Sanchez, I knew he wasn’t going to be a franchise quarterback, but I thought he’d be good enough to win with,” Ryan told Rich Cimini of ESPN. “The guys coming out in this year’s class have a much higher rating than Mark had — and Mark was OK.”
Ultimately, Ryan said Sanchez ended up having to go because he never improved enough, particularly with his decision-making and avoiding mistakes.
“With Sanchez, we just couldn’t have it anymore,” Ryan said. “The boneheaded interceptions, especially in the red zone, it was mind boggling. Unfortunately, Mark never really got better. I think that was the disappointing thing to me.”
Ultimately, those boneheaded errors will be Sanchez’s Jets legacy. Ryan seemed to believe that the quarterback could evolve into a competent game manager — but it sure sounds like he was always fated to be a disappointment given the high expectations that surrounded him.
Rex Ryan and his twin brother Rob were involved in a physical altercation at a Margaritaville restaurant several months ago, and the man on the other end of the scuffle wanted the former NFL coaches to be charged with assault. That is reportedly not going to happen.
A Nashville police spokesperson told TMZ that the district attorney has decided to close the case rather than moving forward with assault charges.
It was unclear exactly why the June altercation began, but a video appeared to show that Rob got physical with a fellow Margaritaville patron and Rex spilled a drink on the man. Rex stood up to confront the man, and it looked like he spilled the drink after someone bumped his arm. An eyewitness had told Larry Brown Sports that someone threw a drink on Rex, but there was nothing in the footage that was made public that showed that happening.
Neither Ryan brother is coaching in the NFL this season. Rex has been working as an analyst at ESPN.
Rob Ryan and Rex Ryan are always taking shots at one another, but the latest may have been the best.
In an appearance on FS1’s “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd Tuesday, Rob Ryan was asked if he is offended by people saying he looks like Jeff Bridges’ character in the hit comedy “The Big Lebowski.” That led Rob into a story about how he met Bridges on vacation recently, and the next thing you know he was taking a shot at his brother Rex over the former NFL head coach’s infamous foot fetish.
As Rob was trying to find the photo of him and Bridges on his phone, Cowherd made a joke about him not showing any inappropriate photos on the air. That inspired this gem:
A new video appears to show Rex and twin brother Rob as the physical aggressors in an altercation at a Nashville bar/restaurant last weekend.
TMZ shared video on Friday that seems to show Rex spilling part of a margarita on a man, while brother Rob reached out and got physical:
As reported earlier this week, the Ryan brothers have been accused of assault in a police report. An eyewitness had told Larry Brown Sports that a margarita was thrown on Rex, but the video appears to show it was the other way around — at least to start the incident. We don’t know what happened in the rest of the footage that was not shown.
Rex and Rob were both fired as coaches with the Buffalo Bills late last season. They were in Nashville as part of the festivities surrounding the Predators’ appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Rex and Rob Ryan are being accused of assault by a man who has filed a police report over an incident that took place over the weekend in Nashville.
The Ryan twins, who were both fired as coaches by the Buffalo Bills in December, were in Nashville over the weekend ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The two were at a Maragaritaville on Saturday and got into it with someone. Video of the incident was captured, and it shows Rob putting his hands on a man’s throat.
According to TMZ, Nashville police have confirmed that a man, Matthew Havel, filed a police report in which he accuses the Ryan brothers of simple assault.
Although the video does show Rob with his hands on someone’s neck, the case might not be so straightforward. An eye witness told Larry Brown Sports that the matter was started by someone throwing a margarita in Rex’s face. Such an action could be considered battery.
The Ryan brothers are making headlines this weekend while hanging out in Nashville.
First Rob and Rex received coverage on Saturday for participating in a car smash in Nashville ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. A day later, video emerged of the twin brothers getting into a scuffle at a Margaritaville in Nashville.
A woman named Jessica Aronica shared the video on Twitter Sunday night. She tells Larry Brown Sports that her boyfriend, Frank Washburn, captured the video. She says an agitator started things.
“A guy walked up to them and threw a margarita at Rex’s face. They stood up rob Ryan started screaming and he wrung that guys neck,” Aronica told LBS.
You can see Rob putting his hand near the neck of one of the men as he tries to get him away from Rex in the first video.
Although the first video made things appear serious, Rex appeared to have a smile on his face in the second video.
The brothers are currently out of the coaching game after being fired in December by the Buffalo Bills. Rex has taken a gig with ESPN, while Rob is unemployed.
Rex Ryan was apparently trying to do more than just help his twin brother out when he hired Rob to his coaching staff with the Buffalo Bills last season.
Gay Myers of the New York Daily News was told by a source that Rex “dedicated the 2016 season to resurrecting the reputation of his brother Rob.” While Rob was not formally given the title of defensive coordinator with the Bills, he was essentially the co-head coach and was given plenty of power over the team.
According to the report, Buffalo’s staff became “dysfunctional” because Rex was so concerned with propping up his brother. Meyers notes that Rex came across like a “coach with a death wish” with the way he carried himself behind closed doors.
Rob Ryan was fired by the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys before being hired by his brother. Like Rex, Rob is a defensive-minded coach. With two supposed defensive gurus at the helm, the Bills finished in the middle of the NFL in both total team defense and points allowed per game last season.
When we heard reports like this one toward the end of the season, it became clear that the Ryan brothers may have dug their own graves together. You have to commend Rex for trying to help out his family, but it proved costly in the end.
Many expected Rex Ryan to explore the possibility of landing a full-time job in television after he was fired by the Buffalo Bills, and that is apparently exactly what he has decided to do.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is reporting that Ryan has signed a multi-year deal with ESPN to become a permanent fixture on the popular “Sunday NFL Countdown” segment. Ryan appeared on “Sunday NFL Countdown” as a guest analyst on Super Bowl Sunday, so it’s no surprise he has decided to sign with ESPN.
Ryan spent six seasons as the New York Jets’ head coach from 2009-2014, taking the team to two AFC Championship Games. Then he spent the last two in Buffalo and was fired after Week 16 after going 7-8.
The 54-year-old coach is known for his big mouth and humor as much as he is for his coaching, so you can understand why TV networks rushed to sign him. If Ryan is half as entertaining on ESPN as he was during press conferences like this, he should be a natural fit.
It turns out there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for this: Anthony Lynn, a longtime Ryan assistant, was recently named head coach of the franchise. In addition, Ryan’s son Seth recently took a coaching internship there.
Rex Ryan rarely got the best of Tom Brady when he was the head coach of the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills, but that wasn’t due to a lack of effort. In fact, Ryan is now willing to admit he did his best to get into Brady’s head before facing him.
“I used to put a lot of stuff out there knowing it would piss off Brady,” he said.
Knowing it would piss off Brady, or hoping it would piss off Brady? I think what Ryan really meant was the latter. As Mehta notes, Ryan once said in 2011 that there is no quarterback in the NFL who works harder than Peyton Manning and Brady only “thinks he does.”
Fast-forward to 2017, when Brady is about to play in his seventh Super Bowl and Ryan has never been to one. Overall, Brady went 12-4 against Ryan-coached teams and threw 29 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Even Ryan is willing to admit the three-time Super Bowl MVP would be considered the greatest quarterback to ever live if he wins a fifth ring.
“I could see where Brady definitely would be considered the greatest ever if he won five Super Bowls,” Ryan said. “How could you argue that?”
One of Manning’s favorite targets already made similar remarks earlier in the week, so apparently five is the magic number for Brady. If he can lead the Patriots to a win over the Falcons, no one will be able to deny his greatness.