Originally Posted by jxc
It's unlikely Rex would get so much credit for a being an defensive genius if he wasn't constantly reminding people that he is one. The 2008 NY Jets he inherited wasn't exactly bottom of the barrel either. Not great, but not horrible statistically speaking.
Contrast that with Wade Phillips who inherited a bottom five Houston defense in 2011 and turned it into a top five defense that same year. Then improved on it in 2012 while jettisoning Mario Williams.
Good point, Rex makes it seem like HE built that Ravens defense that was so dominant. He wasnt the defensive coordinator for the Super Bowl victory, and inherited an already dominant defense when he became coordinator. I think it was very telling that Baltimore chose Harbaugh over Rex for their HC position.