After a pretty nice debut as a the head coach of the New York Jets last Sunday, Rex Ryan is going into full-beg mode to get Jets amped for a week two matchup with the New England Patriots.
Ryan took to the autodialer and recorded a 70-second message that was sent to every season ticket holder imploring them to help make life “miserable” for Tom Brady and the Patriots. The clip is already up on YouTube.
Here’s the bulk of the message:
“Hey, this is Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets. I just wanted to let you know how much we need you this week. You know, I’ve already admitted that, hey, the Patriots have a better head coach and they’ve got a better quarterback than us. But We’re going to see who’s got a better team…”
“…Again I admit that I’m not as good as Belichick, but at the end of the game, I want to be 1-0 against him. So help me out if you don’t mind. That’s my challenge, OK? Thank you. Bye.”
The Jets players are loving Ryan’s style, probably because Eric Mangini was such a lame, conventional type guy. And frankly, with how the Jets have played the last few years, a radical change in style and substance was called for.
The Patriots have won eight straight games against the Jets at the Meadowlands, and the Jets are certainly aware of that fact. Free safety Kerry Rhodes has gone so far as to publicly proclaim that they’re going to hit Brady as often as possible because they want to “embarrass the Patriots.”
Again, it’s nice to see some energy emanating from Jets’ headquarters, but this might just be too much. Seriously, guys, talking this big is a bad idea in week two.
This is exactly the type of thing coach Ryan should clamp down on a bit. Don’t let your guys talk themselves into getting an ass-beating from the Patriots that could demoralize them after a great opener.
The fans may love it but it isn’t smart. Let the fans be excited by wins, not style. This kind of stuff just makes it seem like the Jets are trying a bit too hard to convince us that they’re better than they really are.