Jets veteran Willie Colon on Ryan signing IK Enemkpali: ‘Rex is Rex’
While many were surprised that Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills quickly snatched up IK Enemkpali following his release by the New York Jets, there was a certain segment of people who weren’t shocked in the least:
Players who once were coached by the fiery and controversial head coach.
A handful of Jets players hardly registered a reaction of any significance, much less an expression of shock, that Ryan would take a flier on Enemkpali, even in the wake of his locker room altercation with Geno Smith that left the starting quarterback with a broken jaw and out 6-10 weeks.
Jets veteran Willie Colon perhaps summarized it best when attempting to explain what would have motivated Ryan to make a move on Enemkpali and pick the linebacker up off waivers.
“You guys know, man,” Colon said, reportedly smiling, per a Newsday report. “You know what it is, man. Rex is Rex, so we weren’t surprised he went to Buffalo.”
“Rex is Rex” practically should be used as a slogan or motto to summarize how Ryan has operated during his head coaching career and printed on t-shirts.
But defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson forwarded much more practical reasons as to why Ryan would take a risk on Enemkpali.
“He drafted him, so it wasn’t really a reaction,” he said. “I kind of figured that, actually. I’m pretty sure the whole locker room knew that was going to happen.”
Calling his former teammate an “excellent pass rusher off the edge” while also praising his special teams contributions, Richardson argued that Enemkpali is “an asset to a team.”
“For real,” he added.
When asked if he thought Ryan’s acquisition of Enemkpali was some snarky form of gamesmanship on the part of Ryan or a way for the ex-Jets head coach to get back at his former team, Richardson, unlike most folks, didn’t buy it.
“Not at all,” he said. “He knows what [IK] brings to the table . . . And either he’s going to make the team or he’s not.”