Rex Ryan Admits Gameplan For Patriots Was Mostly Just Hoping They’d Screw Up
Rex Ryan is one of Bill Belichick's most notable foes, or at least that was the narrative Ryan wanted NFL fans and the media to buy into.
In reality, Ryan was a great defensive coach but a mediocre head coach who wanted to take a bite out of the New England but really only ever managed a whole lot of barking. In his combined eight seasons as a head coach in the AFC East (first with the New York Jets and then the Buffalo Bills) Ryan went 6-11 against Belichick's Patriots.
To his credit, he was always the first one to admit when he'd been beaten fair and square, even when it was against his divisional rivals. His honesty at the podium was a kind of bi-product of the fact that the man appears to have no shame; an admirable if not entirely appropriate quality for a job in which success and ego almost always go hand-in-hand.
Nevertheless, ESPN brought Rex on as an analyst for their coverage in Houston leading up to Super Bowl LI, and they asked him for his advice on the best way to game plan for the Patriots. What his answer lacked in actual information and strategy it more than made up for in entertainment value.
"I've played them decent at times, but the times when I got absolutely destroyed, I went in and on the sideline you felt like this: I had the 'I hope' defense out there. And the 'I hope' is 'I hope Brady's off. I hope Brady is sick. I hope a receiver drops the ball.' You know, I hope, I hope, I hope. You're in trouble if that happens. But I've been over there and got destroyed..."
Jesus, Rex. It's like you're not even trying to convince people that you're capable of being a head coach again. Who admits this? He basically told the entire viewing public that all he could do most of the time was hope that the Patriots were having an off day and then he could take advantage of some mistakes. That's not even a strategy.
I love this man.
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