I can't think of a professional coach of any sport who seems more childlike and immature than Rex Ryan. How did he convince an NFL owner to hire him to be a head coach? My guess is the owner didn't care as much about winning games and being respected as an organization as he simply found Rex entertaining.
The dude makes the owner laugh, and laughter trumps everything else in the owner's mind. Sure he would like to win the Super Bowl and hopes Rex can make that happen. But the owner is more interested in Rex's entertainment value. The guy stands at the podium at press conferences and talks as if he's a nervous sixth grade boy giving his oral book report when he hasn't read the book. He mumbles and explains things going on with the team and no one really is sure if he's telling the truth, if he knows the truth, or if he knows what he's doing.
I've reached the point where I don't know if Rex knows much about football. The way he explains himself in press conferences, with all the stutters and off-beat ideas and non-linear lines, I wonder how he is able to communicate effectively to his team. Can you imagine being on defense and Rex explains how to defend a wide receiver? Do you really think he can explain it in a way that makes sense to the defensive backs? My guess is they don't get his message because he can't explain it. The players nod their heads as if they understand him. But my guess is they don't.
Rex's mind is here, there and everywhere all at once. And as such he's nowhere.
Imagine Rex teaching Algebra 1 and you're in his class. He starts to explain how to factor using the FOIL (first, outside, inside last) method. Do you really think Rex could make this easy to grasp? I wonder if Rex ever learned how to factor himself. Can you see him going home at night and diligently doing his algebra homework? More likely is he went home and ate everything in his house and went outside and beat up some kids.
Speaking of great communicators, where are you, Norv Turner? The National Football League needs you. The Chargers can't live without your coaching and motivational skills. I can't believe they fired you. You deserved another five year contract extension.
In my mind there is no one in professional life who has been as underpaid as you have. With the Redskins you proved yourself to be an offensive mastermind. I remember those good old days back in the 1990s when your offense would tear up the NFC East. You brought all your play-calling guile from your glory days with the Dallas Cowboys and turned the Redskins into an offensive steamboat.
Granted, your teams didn't win all the time--not all that much actually. But I had faith in your from the get-go given your Cowboy pedigree.
This off-season I thought for sure another shrewd NFL team would hire you to be their head coach. A proven talent in both the NFC and AFC, you have the kind of resume that is tough to compete with. You lost some games--well a ton of games actually--but man could you call offensive plays. The rest of the team, defense and special teams, weren't your cup of tea but you hired assistants to handle that. Motivating your players to reach their best wasn't your bag either. But they were professionals and you were right to think they should be able to motivate themselves. You were right that all that Vince Lombardi bravado was a thing of the past. He won a million more games than you, but some would argue you were a more clever offensive play caller and that's what really matters. Scoring points is what football is all about even if the other team at the end of the game has scored more.
Where on Earth are you, Norv? Somebody must have hired you. You always get hired by somebody. You are a legendary NFL coach and everybody knows it. Granted, you haven't won much wherever you have been but winning isn't everything. Well, in the NFL it is but that's not your fault. You are your own man, an offensive guru, and that's got you well positioned to one day have a bust built of your noggin and placed in the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
When that ceremony takes place, I will be there in the front row cheering for you, expressing my gratitude that you coached my Redskins for some 10 years to, well, losing. But you were my guy all those years and I had faith in your as so many others in NFL circles have. To this day I can't understand why the Redskins fired you. Countless times I've yearned for you to return as my Redskins head coach because I know you are a great play caller and that's what I love to watch, even if the defense and special teams get neglected and my team loses.
Losing has been your way of life, Norv. Yet you keep winning by getting rehired as an NFL coach. In my line of work, people who perform at your level don't get to hang around very long. They get fired. They are rendered incompetent or unfit for the position. But you, Norv, you have always been a perfect fit. I don't think as an NFL coach but somewhere.