Rex Ryan: Jets ‘Fortunate’ To Have Brian Schottenheimer On Staff
NEW YORK (WFAN) — Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is no stranger to the hot seat.
Schottenheimer’s system is again under fire after New York’s sluggish start, not to mention a report in the New York Daily News that claims several players have individually complained to coach Rex Ryan about his offense.
Through all of it, Ryan is keeping the faith.
“I feel great,” Ryan said on Monday. “We’re fortunate to have Brian coaching with us. I look at that entire offensive staff … that whole group is an excellent staff. We’ll get this thing righted.”
According to the Daily News, receivers Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Derrick Mason have each gone to Ryan to sound off on Schottenheimer’s play calling.
The Jets issued a statement denying the report on Sunday. Ryan and the players involved also vehemently denied it after their 30-21 loss to New England.
On Monday, Ryan reiterated his point.
“I said it was untrue, because it was untrue,” he said. “The great thing is, with that one, I can guarantee it was untrue because I was the guy supposedly that had the conversation. Well, I can tell you this: 100 percent, I did not have the conversation. So that was it.”
But the whole hubbub has many wondering if the chemistry in the Jets’ locker room is a little off.
“I don’t think the chemistry is bad, I just think that altogether we are inconsistent,” said tight end Dustin Keller. “We need to be playing more consistent football. When we’re on, I feel like we are really, really on, and there can be times when we are really, really off.”
“This team is not going to (break) just because we’re 2-3 right now,” said Ryan. “That’s when you get stronger. That’s when you come in together and you build character. This is a resilient bunch. I’m telling you, we’ll see. I believe in this football team.”
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