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Rex Ryan taking 'more hands-on' role

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09:54 AM ET 05.12 | Rex Ryan stood behind five garbage cans simulating an offensive line and shouted out the defense to a group of confused rookies. He shouted when they messed up. He praised when they did well. He moved around the defense, instructing, cajoling and critiquing. Ryan was doing what he loves best -- coaching defense. The Jets head coach had gotten away from running every facet of his defense over the past two years. He delegated to former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine and tried to spend more time injecting himself into the offense and becoming more of a head coach. No longer. Ryan is back to the coach he was in 2009 and '10, when he controlled the defense. "It's not that different than my first year when I first came here and my first two years when I ran all the walkthroughs, installing the defense, all of that," Ryan said. "That's exactly what I'm going to do. The reason for it is there could be seven new starters on the defense. I think that makes more sense for me to do that -- really getting down there and getting more hands-on."

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May 12, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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I thought Rex was a foot guy...

....pretty obvious he's not foot(ball) guy.

May 12, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I thought Rex was a foot guy...

"... I think that makes more sense for me to do that -- really getting DOWN THERE and getting more hands-on."

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May 12, 2013  10:26 AM ET

How could they tell the difference between Ryan and the garbage cans?

May 12, 2013  10:34 AM ET

But he's going to win the SB this year, just ask him!!

May 12, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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How could they tell the difference between Ryan and the garbage cans?

The garbage cans are smarter?

May 12, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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How could they tell the difference between Ryan and the garbage cans?

If you wash the garbage cans they stop stinking?

May 12, 2013  10:39 AM ET

There appears to be no love for the Rexer. As a Cowboy fan, he gives me something to laugh about.

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May 12, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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Does you team's roster make you cry?

It could be a roster full of All Stars. It won't make any difference until there is a change at GM.

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May 12, 2013  10:53 AM ET

At this point, Rex is auditioning for his next job...

May 12, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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The GM has nothing to with the team once it's assembled really. The HC would need to go too

In Jerry's case it does. A "real" GM would bring his own coaches in. And let them coach without micro management.

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May 12, 2013  04:27 PM ET

But what Buffet does he have his hands on ?

May 12, 2013  05:09 PM ET

Man, I can hardly wait for the season to start. This is going to be fun!

 
May 12, 2013  11:27 PM ET

"Ryan was doing what he loves best -- coaching defense."

So it won't be ALL bad news when he's fired in mid-season. He can go back to doing what he loves best. As an assistant.

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