Originally Posted by Buzzsaw
That's really good news to hear that Rex will be taking over the defensive play calling again. Don't care what the stats said, our defense sucked last year. We had a handful of good games against terrible offenses and got shredded by the teams with good offenses.
By Adam Schein
Published: Aug. 7, 2012
Here's the key. Ryan has attempted to be less controversial, but he remains super confident, recently saying he's the best defensive mind
in the NFL.
OK, he's not Belichick or Dick LeBeau, but I'd put Ryan next on that list. His body of work speaks for itself. He has worked hand-in-hand with coordinator -- and longtime friend -- Mike Pettine to coach the defense.
Now Ryan is taking ownership, planning to call plays
. With Sparano implementing Ryan's offensive plan, he can focus more intensely on defense and on improving his in-game management.
Ryan was livid that his defense finished fifth last year, though frankly, if you watched the Jets
play, you wondered how they ranked that high. The Jets
showed poor tackling fundamentals and struggled in the fourth quarter, and it made Ryan sick. He vowed that his defense wouldn't finish that low again. He has the fire. He has the résumé. He has player support; as linebacker David Harris
said, "We refuse to let him down again."