Former New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is very clearly not a believer in Mac Jones.
Ryan delivered a scathing critique of the New England Patriots rookie, dismissing Jones as a “peashooter” and comparing him unfavorably to Danny Wuerffel.
Patriots critics certainly got a lot of ammo Sunday as the team struggled and needed a late comeback to defeat the Houston Texans. How much of that actually falls on Jones is debatable. He went 23-for-30 with a touchdown, but also threw an interception and tallied a modest 231 passing yards.
Ryan is certainly one of those critics. His former position as Jets coach meant he had a regular rivalry with the Patriots, and it’s pretty clear he still doesn’t think too highly of them. It was just last year, after all, that he happily made a bold prediction about the team’s future. Maybe that’s coloring his opinion here, though to be fair, Ryan has not shied away from delivering very harsh critiques to other players.
Deion Sanders has been making noise at Jackson State ever since taking over the program. His Tigers are 2-0 so far this spring season, which is Sanders’ first as a head coach. The program also received a visit from a former NFL head coach this week.
Rex Ryan was at JSU on Monday and Tuesday, according to The Clarion Ledger. Two of Jackson State’s defensive coaches, defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and defensive line coach Jeff Weeks, were coaches on Ryan’s staff previously.
Ryan and Sanders also have a good relationship from when Deion played for the Ravens when Rex was their defensive coordinator.
“It’s just a friend visiting a friend that’s all,” Sanders said, via The Clarion Ledger. “He coached me when I was in Baltimore, and I loved him. He was so candid, honest and straightforward. He’s a darn Ryan. What do you think you’re going to get from Rex?”
Sanders showed his support for Rex last year when he said the Falcons should hire Ryan as their head coach. Atlanta ended up hiring Arthur Smith as their head coach.
In addition to Ryan, Sanders is getting some support from other well-known NFL figures.
Count Rex Ryan among those skeptical that Urban Meyer will find success in the NFL.
Ryan had a stern warning for the new Jacksonville Jaguars coach, even alluding to Bobby Petrino as evidence of how things can go awry for successful college coaches at the NFL level.
“Welcome to the men’s league. You’re gonna find out real quick there’s a huge difference,” Ryan said, via Brad Crawford of 247Sports. “Look, there’s no doubt this man can flat-out coach. But it is night-and-day difference. Why do coaches come into the league and quit after a year, don’t even make it a full year? I can give you two examples of that, Lou Holtz and the dude who quit on the Falcons (Bobby Petrino), whatever his name is. It’s a different league, it’s a different mindset. There’s no gimmes in here, you can’t schedule a victory, hey I’m gonna drop down a level, ain’t no I-AA’s in this league.”
Ryan added that Meyer will have to build through the draft and cannot simply recruit all the top talent at the NFL level. He also suggested that Meyer should add Raheem Morris to his staff to add some NFL experience. That’s something Meyer is reportedly looking into.
Ryan obviously isn’t the first person to voice concerns about Meyer’s adaptation to the NFL level. That said, his college players have found plenty of success at the NFL level. Meyer certainly has a chance to do so as well, though plenty of things do need to go right.
It’s quite clear that Rex Ryan is not a huge fan of Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy.
The former New York Jets coach ripped Nagy on ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Monday, accusing the Bears coach of doing a poor job defending quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
“I don’t like him. I don’t like the way he doesn’t take every damn bullet for [Trubisky],” Ryan said, via Justin Terranova of the New York Post. “That’s your job as a head coach. You don’t make your quarterback take every bullet. You take the dang bullets. That’s what I don’t respect about this guy.”
Ryan went even further, questioning Nagy’s reputation as an offensive guru and downplaying the Bears coach’s two playoff appearances in three years.
“I’ve never been a big fan of this Nagy guy, and quite honestly, it’s because of the way he handled the Trubisky thing,” Ryan continued. “He put everything on him. He’s the guy they blame everything on. Well why don’t you look at yourself first, man? Dude, you scored three points in this game — I know it was nine, but no, it was three points. You’re an offensive guru. That’s why you came here.
“You’ve gone to the playoffs two of the last three years. Congratulations. That’s because the NFC is a hell of a lot weaker than the AFC.”
Nagy has never been completely convinced by Trubisky, but the coach did give the quarterbacl his starting job back at the beginning of the season. It wasn’t as if Trubisky didn’t deserve his benching a few weeks later.
Trubisky threw 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2020. He’ll be a free agent this offseason.
Rex Ryan had a harsh message for Carson Wentz.
Wentz has been demoted to the backup quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles as Jalen Hurts has now started two weeks in a row. A report on Sunday said that Wentz is unhappy with the situation and would want to be traded or released by Philly if things don’t change.
Ryan heard that report and responded to it by telling Wentz to grow up and take the demotion better.
“First off, you think Philly’s gonna allow this guy to come back? And I’m talking about the fan base and the people of Philadelphia. This is the wrong town to be messing with. Here’s the thing: Carson Wentz, you don’t want to be a backup? Well, no kidding. Everybody in the world doesn’t want to be a backup,” Ryan said.
“I’ll tell you who’s more disappointed other than Carson Wentz. How about the Philadelphia Eagles. They gave you a $100 million, and you think, ‘Oh I’m disappointed I’m a backup.’ So are we! So are we! You think we gave you $100 million to be wasted on the bench? No! You’re getting beat out by a guy I quite honestly didn’t think had the skillset.
“The biggest thing is: quit being a baby. You’re yesterday’s news.”
Ryan gets paid to give these kinds of opinions, so his tone shouldn’t be surprised. But with the way Wentz and Hurts have played this season, it’s hard to imagine Wentz having much more of a future with the Eagles. That is why he reportedly wants out.
Deion Sanders has a bold plan for what the Atlanta Falcons need to do.
Sanders appeared on the “Pardon My Take” podcast on Sunday night to recap Week 12 of the NFL season with the hosts. The three men were talking about the Falcons and whether Raheem Morris might keep the head coaching job as has been rumored.
That’s when Sanders talked about the direction he wants to see the Falcons take.
“They need a defensive guy. Honestly, if they could somehow convince a guy like Rex Ryan to take over the defense, they would be phenomenal. You need a real defensive mind to do something with that defense. That’s the kind of guy you need,” Sanders said.
Deion began his career with the Falcons and played five seasons for them, so he has some vested interest in seeing them succeed. He thinks Rex would provide a big fix. It’s unclear whether Sanders would want Rex as a head coach or defensive coordinator, but he wants Ryan in there.
Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens from 2005-2008 and coached Sanders in the Hall of Famer’s final season in 2005. Ryan then became the head coach of the Jets and later the Bills. Ryan is 61-66 overall as a head coach and 4-2 in the playoffs. He hasn’t coached since 2016 and has instead continued to make noise as a TV analyst.
The Falcons are 4-7 and ranked No. 27 in the league in yards allowed and No. 17 in points allowed.
Rex Ryan thinks we’ve seen the end of the New England Patriots’ dynasty, and he couldn’t be happier.
Ryan told ESPN Radio’s “Keyshawn, JWill & Zubin” on Wednesday that the Patriots will miss the playoffs and end their run of AFC East dominance.
“It’s over,” Ryan said, via Greg Joyce of the New York Post. “It’s flat-out over. They’re [3.5] games behind Buffalo … and they’re not going to win the wild card. So yeah, look, the playoff run is over. Pass the torch to the Buffalo Bills. I think [the Patriots are] going to end up being behind Miami when it’s all said and done as well.”
Ryan attributed the Patriots’ slide to the departure of Tom Brady, and credited the quarterback for being behind much of their recent success.
“To me, it just shows also that the greatest player in the game has a hell of a lot bigger impact than the greatest coach in the game,” Ryan said.
Ryan has a long history with the Patriots dating back to his days as coach of the New York Jets. They were consistently his biggest obstacle to success. Those feelings have lingered, with Ryan hitting out at the organization and openly talking about how he tried to agitate Brady. His decision to dance on the Patriots’ grave may prove premature, but he’s going to enjoy it.
Rex Ryan is once again being blasted by one of his former players for some comments on ESPN’s “First Take.”
Ryan disputed whether New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick would have had the level of success he’d had if he had a different quarterback than Tom Brady. Ryan used his former quarterback, Geno Smith, as an example, and not in a positive light.
That did not go over well with Smith, who was Ryan’s starting quarterback on the Jets for two seasons.
It is no secret that Smith does not like Ryan, and Ryan has not been publicly impressed with Smith. Every time Ryan brings up Smith’s name, Smith fires back.
Ryan isn’t shy about voicing controversial opinions that get him in trouble. Judging by the mutual lack of respect between Ryan and Smith, it seems unlikely that the former coach will be apologizing for this one.
Rex Ryan made headlines on Friday for some extremely critical remarks he made about Amari Cooper, and the former NFL coach predictably expressed regret over his comments later in the day.
On ESPN’s “Get Up!” Friday morning, Ryan enthusiastically called Cooper a “turd” and unloaded on the Dallas Cowboys receiver for having a tendency to disappear in big games. Rex also ripped the Cowboys for giving Cooper a five-year, $100 million contract. A short time after, Ryan went back on the air with ESPN to apologize for calling Cooper a “turd” but stood behind his assessment of Cooper as a player.
“First off, I can’t believe I used that word,” Ryan said. “Obviously, it was a poor choice by me to say what I said about Amari. Quite honestly, I think the world of every player and have a great deal of respect for every player in the NFL, including Amari Cooper.”
ESPN hired Ryan because he has a fiery personality and has never been afraid to speak his mind. Creating a stir is part of his job description, and he was obviously just trying to deliver a hot take when discussing Cooper’s new contract. He accomplished that but went too far.
While Cooper did not play well in a number of big games last season, he was injured throughout much of the year. He caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns in his first full season with the Cowboys last year, so the numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at. There was talk that the Oakland Raiders were unhappy with Cooper’s level of effort before they traded him to Dallas in 2018, but the Cowboys obviously feel Cooper is an extremely valuable member of their team.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Amari Cooper to a massive contract extension this offseason, and Rex Ryan strongly believes the team made a mistake. With the sports calendar on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ryan apparently feels that now is as good a time as any to verbally destroy the star wide receiver.
During ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Friday morning, Ryan called Cooper the “biggest disappearing act in the National Football League” and said he would not have paid him $100 million over five years. Rex criticized Cooper for not playing well on the road or in big games and referred to him as a “turd.”
“This is who he is. He doesn’t love football, the hell with it,” Ryan said. “He stops his routes, he does all this. I wouldn’t have paid this turd. No way in hell would I have paid this guy. To me, you pay Dak Prescott … They’re number one in the league because of Dak Prescott, not because of this guy. It’s a deep draft at receiver. They made a huge mistake.”
The Cowboys acquired Cooper in a trade with the Oakland Raiders midway through the 2018 season, and Cooper gave the team’s offense an instant boost. While he did seem to disappear in a number of big games last season, he also played through significant injuries throughout the entire year. Cooper caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns in his first full season with the Cowboys last year, so the numbers are certainly nothing to scoff at.
There were rumblings that the Raiders felt Cooper had quit on them before they traded him, so that is likely what Ryan was referring to. Still, his criticism seemed over the top considering how banged up Cooper was in 2019.