Rex Ryan reportedly was so upset following gut-wrenching loss he punched a wall
It was about as heartbreaking of a loss as possible, losing on a missed long field goal that featured a smattering of controversy in the closing seconds. The gut-wrenching nature of how the New York Jets came up just short Thursday night, losing 27-25 to the New England Patriots, their heated rival, was the final straw of sorts for beleaguered head coach Rex Ryan, the proverbial one that broke the camel’s back, as it were.
The brutal loss proved to be the rancid icing on the Jets’ cake thus far this season, as it sunk the team’s hope of possibly turning their miserable start behind.
Coming up just agonizingly short sent the Jets further into a seasonal tailspin, as the team is now on a horrid six-game losing streak after winning its opening game against the lowly Raiders.
So crushed, so distraught and so irate was Rex Ryan that he reportedly cursed and punched a wall in an empty hallway before composing himself and meeting with reporters, per a Newsday report.
The report continues to state that Ryan, with the assistance of the team’s public relations director, further cooled off before being escorted into his news conference and the throngs of New York media presumably eager to grill the coach on the team’s latest failure.
Once inside, Ryan admitted that he feels the team has been on the short end of the stick far too often this season.
“To say it’s a disappointing loss is a fair assessment,” Ryan said, pointing out the 19-yard TD pass to Danny Amendola on third-and-19 that gave the Patriots a 27-19 lead. “We’ve been snake-bitten. I don’t know how many touchdowns we’ve given up on third down this year when we’ve got ’em where we want them, but we’ve given up a bunch of them. And most of the time it’s our own fault. So that’s tough to handle.”
Tough to handle indeed. Even worse for Ryan, it may be too tough of a loss to handle for Jets brass as the team determines whether or not it will have to cut the head coach loose following the season, regardless of whether or not he can somehow rally the troops and lead them on a long crawl back to respectability in what in all likelihood is an already-lost season, something Ryan essentially confirmed himself.
“It’s been a big failure, obviously,” Ryan said, via the New York Post. “The season’s not over, but you don’t want to be 1-6. If you’d ask me, I was thinking we’d be the other way. We expect to win every game.”
Expecting and actually achieving are two wholly different things. The wall Ryan punched is a testament to that fact.
(photo credit: Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News)