NEW YORK (WFAN) — Rex Ryan has been more reserved of late, but every now and then glimpses of the guy from years gone by resurface.
The Jets’ head coach spoke to WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday and touched on a ton of issues as his team speeds toward the end of the month and the first organized team activities of the 2014 season.
There was once a time when Ryan was filled with mostly bluster and arrogance, making wild predictions and telling anyone who would listen just how great his teams were. And for two years the Jets backed up their coach’s bravado.
But three non-playoff years have gone by since the Jets’ second consecutive trip to the AFC championship game and the roster has undergone a dramatic makeover. Ryan has mellowed a bit, perhaps out of necessity. He told Francesa he could tell late last season that they were on to something as the Jets won three of their last four to finish a season that many thought would be a disaster at 8-8.
“This football team, I’m certainly excited about it. We’re going to play a brand of football I think our fans will be proud of, that’s just tough, hard-nosed football and we’ll see at the end of the day just how many wins we get,” said Ryan, who received a multi-year contract extension during the offseason.