Rex Ryan on his coaching style: At the end of the day ‘you are who you are’
|11.20.12 at 4:54 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Jets coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that there are things he’d do over again if he had the chance, but doesn’t sound like he has any regrets about the way he’s handled his three-plus seasons at the helm of the Jets.
“I don’t know. I mentioned that about the guarantee and all that stuff when I was guaranteeing a Super Bowl, but at the time, that’s really what I felt,” Ryan said. “Then when free agency came and 17 of our players were free agents when the new CBA was announced, that was probably not the smartest thing to say at the time. But, I really thought if we had the same team back, why wouldn’t we think that? We got to the [conference] championship game.
“But, either way, I’m sure there is,” he added. “I came in the league and I have a ton of experience around football. I’ve been around football my entire life, but I never really sat as a head coach before so it’s a learning experience, no question. I’m sure there are things I would do differently, but that specifically? I don’t know. At the end of the day, I think the most important thing is at the end of the day is that you are who you are and you believe; and I certainly believe things I tell our team about and everything else. So, I’m going to stay the course.”
Ryan, who addressed the fact that the Patriots will be without Rob Gronkowski Thursday night, hit on a number of other topics, including the challenges of game planning on a short week and the impact that Aqib Talib has had on the New England secondary:
How are you guys doing with the short week of preparation and a big division game?
“Everything just gets sped up, obviously. We prepared for it a little bit in our Bye Week. We prepared for Seattle, we did a little preparation for New England as well, knowing it was going to be such a short week. That never really caught us off guard. The main thing is that your players have to be taking care of themselves with the cold tubs and everything else. Get their bodies back as fast as they can because we know the kind of game it’s going to be. Obviously it’s going to be a huge challenge, but it’s one that, quite honestly, I’m excited for because we’re playing in front of our fans. I think that will give us a big boost as well.”
What do you see from the addition of Aqib Talib to the Patriots secondary in terms of energy and production?
“Yeah, as if they need another great player’¦ but, he is a great player. He’s a guy that, when he was in Tampa, when we played against him, very talented young man and obviously with [Bill] Belichick, he does a lot of different things on defense to take advantage of players’ talents. It’s going to be really interesting to see what he does with Talib because if his first game is any indication, that’s not bad. You know, get an interception for a touchdown. I really thought he should have waited until after we played to play this young man though.”
With his presence there, does it change what you want to do in attacking the Patriots’ secondary?
“Well again, he certainly does have that kind of ability ‘ man cover skills and all that type of stuff. We’ll see what they do schematically and generally, if it’s just a straight man coverage, you probably go away from him. But, they’re very multiple with what they do defensively so we’ll have to see how they’re playing and we’ll see if coverage or whatever dictates that you go there.”
Tom Brady said that the one thing he can always count on when facing the Jets is a different look. That being said, how much of a challenge is it for you to come up with a different look every time you play the Patriots?
“Well, I just know that he’s, the way he prepares and everything else, that this guy is a once-in-a-generation, lifetime-type quarterback that you get everything from. He has the skill, obviously, to make every throw. But he’s smart and he’ll see that if there’s somebody that’s tipping it, he’ll find that guy. If he knows exactly what you’re in coverage-wise, then you have no chance. I mean no chance. That’s where you have to be multiple. You can’t just line up and do the same thing over and over and over again and then he’ll put up numbers where he may throw it 45 times and throw five incompletions. That’s it. Hopefully it doesn’t happen here. You have to do enough things with pressure, simulated pressure, coverage, whatever it is, you have to be multiple against him.”
Do you sense that your team feels rejuvenated after beating the Rams on the road and have another chance to salvage the season and make a playoff push?
“Well, we can’t even look that far ahead. We’re happy we got the victory and things, but we put ourselves back so far that we can just, the only thing we can do is focus on right now. In our current situation, that’s trying to prepare to the best of our ability and keep trying to improve. That’s where we’re at. Everything else is such a distance away that we’re better off, better served to focus on what’s in front of us.”