NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards was on SNY’s GEICO SportsNite on Thursday night to talk about Gang Green, and he had some interesting things to say about head coach Rex Ryan.
Edwards played for Ryan in 2009 and 2010, and then again in 2012.
Those were happier times. After missing the playoffs the last three seasons, the Jets are off to a 1-4 start and are in the midst of a four-game losing streak. New York gets Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday, and Tom Brady and the Patriots await in Week 7.
It appears that Ryan — who is universally loved by his players — might finally be on the hot seat, and things need to get turned around in a hurry.
“Are there times where that true belief in himself and in his players can kind of get in the way?” SNY’s Chris Carlin asked Edwards on Thursday night in regard to Ryan.
“It definitely can, and you’re seeing it now,” the former Pro Bowler responded. “I feel like Rex has had so much success, from Baltimore to the Jets early on in his tenure there, that now that it’s not going his way he does not know how to dial it back and simplify. He wants things to work his way so that he can get the credit for it.”
Speaking on the team as a whole, Edwards said that the Jets are in “shambles.”
“I don’t see a good situation,” Edwards told Carlin. “I see a team in shambles. I see a team that’s trying to figure out their GM standpoint, their coaching standpoint, and that’s where it starts. To get everything right on the field, it has to start with the GM agreeing with the coach; getting the right players in there for the coach to be successful. And I don’t see that.
“I feel as though (John) Idzik is holding something back, and he’s not providing Rex with the talent he needs to win ballgames.”
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