Rex Ryan refuses to dwell on the past: ‘I don’t even give a s— about last year’
Last season for the New York Jets was an unmitigated disaster. Between finishing 6-10, Mark Sanchez’s struggles and the Tim Tebow debacle, few things went right for the Jets, and as an obvious direct result, few things went right for head coach Rex Ryan.
Ryan isn’t the type of guy to look regretfully upon mistakes made in the past. In fact, he doesn’t give the past a second thought, nor a second look, which probably is advisable if you are the head coach of an NFL team that has lost 13 of its last 19 games.
Ryan put it plainly, succinctly and a bit profanely how he feels about last season: “I don’t even give a s— about last year,” he said. “I’m tired of talking about it.”
Regarding speculation that he may be coaching for his job, Ryan said (via the New York Daily News):
“I’m not worried about being a lame-duck guy,” Ryan recently told the Daily News as the Jets’ offseason program came to an end. “I’m not worried about that. I am not. I look at this as an opportunity. . . . Look, I’m disappointed in the product that we put on the field (in 2012) both personally (and for) our fans. Because I’m a Jet fan. I’m no different than anybody else.
. . . So I know they’re disappointed. I know they’re ticked off at how we played last year. And I’m sure they’re upset at me and rightfully so.
“At the end of the day, we’ll see what happens,” he added. “I’m certainly not worried about it. In fact, I’m doing just the opposite. I can’t wait. I’m popping out of my skin, because I feel in my heart I know what it’s going to look like.”
Ryan is certainly putting on a front that indicates he’s going to let it all hang out this upcoming season, but hopefully not in the same manner in which Mark Sanchez let it all hang out during the offseason. Despite Rex’s weight loss, that wouldn’t be good for anybody.
Speaking of Sanchez, no matter what Ryan says about whether or not he’s coaching for his job, how long of a leash will Sanchez have this season if he struggles as badly as last season with Geno Smith waiting in the wings? Sure, Rex Ryan may have a racy tattoo of his wife wearing a Sanchez jersey on his arm, but I’m sure he’d rather get laser surgery and get that bad boy removed than allow Sanchez to cost him his job.