Cowherd Turns Rex Ryan’s Upbeat Press Conference Into A Corny 80s Sitcom
We often put coaches into one of two categories: the "X's and O's guys" and the "player's coaches." Bill Belichick is the definitive X's and O's guy, which highlights how much Rex Ryan -- his divisional rival for the last six seasons -- is the complete opposite. Rex is the definitive player's coach. Current and former pros openly sing his praises, some going as far to express regret that they never had the chance to suit up on one of his teams.
The chasm between the two coaches' likeability mirrors that of their successes on the field. Belichick wins Super Bowls, Ryan does not. Some attribute this to their markedly different approaches to the game. On Monday afternoon, Colin Cowherd went as far as saying that Ryan's unconditional enthusiasm for his players enables the kind of undisciplined play that lead to 17 penalties (worth 135 yards) in the Bills' Week 4 loss to the New York Giants.
"I think these coaches that get into this sort of, you know, blue collar work ethos. 'Hey, we're tough guys.' It's over. You can't win at the highest levels using 1988 football cliches and this is why Rex Ryan drives me crazy -- and why Rex Ryan can always win games but never take you to the next level. They had 17 penalties yesterday, two touchdowns called back. They have better personnel than the Giants, top to bottom, and lead the NFL in penalties. Many of them dumb, undisciplined play penalties."
Sensing he had Ryan on the ropes, Cowherd then launched into a promo for a corny 80s sitcom starring Rex Ryan as the mawkishly sentimental coach of a small town NFL team, just to make sure you got the message that he's not a fan of emotional supportive professional football coaches.