Originally Posted by CleatMarks
I'm going to offer a different view on this.
I don't think Rex has failed the Jets. I think the Ravens failed Rex by not preparing him to be a head coach. Either they failed him or he wouldn't listen. Either way, he was unprepared to be a head coach and now he's paying a high price for it. He's shown some recent humility and that's a good start but he's already boxed himself into a corner. He didn't have the tools to be able to cope with the challenges of the job.
He's got the mind. He's lacking the management tools though and trying to develop them under fire.
If you read his auto-biography, it became rather clear that the new owner of the Ravens - Steve Biscotti - knew what he had in Rex and THAT"S WHY he went in another direction. They knew the man first hand on the sidelines and STILL CHOSE to bypass him. I think that's rather indicative, kinda like how Westhoff always gets praise as a GREAT coach but never got that shot. Even after 2001 - AL Groh, 2005 - Herm, 2006- Mangini, & 2009 - Rex.
THere's a reason the term "Always the bridesmaid, never the bride." I think I see how that applied to Rex in Baltimore and we are realizing NOW in NY.