Rex Ryan is entering his fourth season as the New York Jets’ Head Coach. His animated personality and his hard-nosed, dedicated attitude has led Ryan to become a powerful motivator while demanding respect from his foes. With Ryan’s antics come mistakes; whether it be claiming which team is best in New York, stating he would have won at least two Super Bowls if he was the head coach of another team, cursing at heckling fans, or making games “personal” between himself and New England Patriots’ Head Coach Bill Belichick.
Darrelle Revis is entering his sixth season as the New York Jets’ best Cornerback. He resides on a place entitled “Revis Island” due to his incomparable talent. Knowing that there is no one better at his position (for now), it has created an ego as large as the island Revis lives on. He has threatened to hold out of practices and games for not being paid enough, speaking out against players, and has acknowledged backup quarterbacks on their team are “born leaders.”
Santonio Holmes is entering his third season as the New York Jets’ best Wide Receiver. Best known for a Super Bowl winning, body-extending, toe-touching touchdown catch for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he has earned success as the most popular target on the team. Fellow Jets’ players have noted him as a cancerous distraction for his lack of dedication, while Holmes has publicly admitted his disapproval in the offensive line, starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, and recently confessed the QB tandem of Sanchez and Tim Tebow will fail.
Three key figures in the Jets’ locker room, two captains and a paid leader have one significant similarity: they talk too much.
After appearing in the AFC Championship game in back-to-back years, last year provided a disappointing, playoff-less 8-8 season amidst locker room struggles. Rex Ryan admitted he “lost the pulse” of his team. This off-season, Darrelle Revis admitted their new quarterback tandem “could cause a problem.” Santonio Holmes enlightened the media the best way they can be a part of the Jets’ team is to “write positive things.”
It would seem that the easiest way to stop reporting their respective quotations would be if the words were never said to begin with. Granted, players and captains are required to talk to the media, but that does not translate into “give them something to talk about.”
A main difference between this trio and their ever-hated rival coach Bill Belichick is their choice of words. Belichick in his press conferences bores the spectators, usually repeating the same sentences and briefly explaining his stance. The most exciting thing Belichick has said in years was not to the media; it was to his son as he ran off the field in a victory against the Jets, mocking the Ryan-claimed “best defense in the league.”
These three Jets’ leaders are obviously leading by example, but it does not seem to be translating well. With the opportunity to start fresh, acquiring QB Tim Tebow and most recently Right Offensive Tackle Jeff Utoh from the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers in trades. With a handful of rookies, including highly-rated Defensive End Quinton Coples from North Carolina and talented WR Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech, it would seem optimal bring these new players in with a new, uncharacteristic attitude.
A shape-shifting season is one day away with the start of training camp. Many things are going to change across the Jets’ locker room between Wednesday and Week 17 of the regular season.
The first change to make: be quiet.
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About the Author
Written by Aaron Scheinblum
Official Blogger Intern for the New York Jets. Broadcast Journalism major at Syracuse University, dreaming to be an NFL/NBA/MLB play-by-play commentator.