There are a few subtle differences — notably race, weight, job description and tattoo choices — but Jets coach Rex Ryan and rapper Kanye West are pretty much the same dude nowadays. They both think they’re the best at their respective life positions, and they aren’t afraid to tell us about it.
Mr. West recently gave an interview to the New York Times ahead of his new album dropping, in which he plugged himself tirelessly to the point of overload. And that’s before it hits you that the name of this album really is “Yeezus.”
Mr. Ryan gave an interview to Newsday yesterday after the Jets final mandatory minicamp practice, in which he plugged himself tirelessly to the point of overload. And that’s when you remember this guy was the coach of a 6-10 team last year.
Let’s compare some choice quotes from the two self-promoters:
Kanye West, on getting credit for his achievements:
But the thing is, I don’t care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate.
Rex Ryan, on getting credit for his achievements:
I don’t need the credit. But I can tell you one thing, when it’s said and done, they’ll look back and say, ‘Oh man, this dude can coach his butt off.’ And you know what? It’s true.
Kanye West, on re-writing historical wrongs:
I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.
Rex Ryan, on righting his team’s wrongs:
And when I look at those tapes, I’m not proud of what’s there. I am not proud of that whatsoever. So when I look at that, I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s not happening again.’ I don’t know what our record will be, but you’re not going to want to play us.”
Kanye West, on interrupting Taylor Swift:
It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It’s only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That’s all it is.
Rex Ryan, on his recent struggles:
I’m a hell of a lot better football coach than I’m given credit for.
Kanye West, on regret:
If anyone’s reading this waiting for some type of full-on, flat apology for anything, they should just stop reading right now… Yeah, I think that I have like, faltered, you know, as a human. My message isn’t perfectly defined. I have, as a human being, fallen to peer pressure.
Rex Ryan, on last season:
I’ll never be able to erase that year… But I can learn from it. That unfortunately is going to be with me. It drives you to the point where you say, ‘Look, I’ve learned.’
Kanye West, on his legacy:
I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.
Rex Ryan, on his legacy:
They’ll say, ‘He’s a hell of a football coach, and you know what? He had more passion than anybody who’s ever coached here before.’ Eventually that’s what’s going to be said about me.
These dudes need to make a rap album together. Or become co-head coaches. Whichever they choose, it will most certainly be a rousing success — in their own minds, at least.
[Note: It was pointed out to us that both of their lady friends have appeared in sex tapes of one sort or another. So yeah, there’s that too. Thanks @shaunk3000]