NEW YORK (WFAN) — As the Jets’ locker room burned, coach Rex Ryan played his fiddle?
That’s the picture cornerback Darrelle Revis painted Thursday when he admitted Ryan wasn’t totally clued in to the issues breaking apart Gang Green.
“After the season, we talked,” Revis told the NFL Network after Pro Bowl practice. “Basically, he didn’t know a lot of things that were going on behind the scenes. It was just so much stuff. I’m really not going to get into it because some of the stuff is real deep. But he didn’t know a lot of the things.
“He wanted people to say things to him, but obviously it didn’t come out. It came out on the field.”
Last week, Ryan told WFAN’s Mike Francesa that he regretted not having more of a feel for what was happening off the field, particularly as tensions started to rise in the locker room.
LISTEN: Rex Ryan with Mike Francesa
“I need to be more involved,” Ryan told Francesa, “more hands-on.”
He added: “I know we can get this team back.”
Revis said the team should have a conversation as soon as they’re assembled for organized team activities.
“When we come in there in OTAs, just have a player meeting,” Revis said. “The leaders need to step up, talk to everybody in the building and say, ‘Hey, man, look. This is our goal this year. This is what we need to accomplish.’
“Let’s not get into the bickering or the frustrations, because it brings a team down. We failed. We failed.”
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