Rex Ryan: The Next Great Innovater?

Greg Bishop recently spent some time with Sports Illustrated writer Tim Layden to discuss his latest book: Blood Sweat and Chalk: The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Built Today’s Game.

The book explains football through the various schemes and innovations that have shaped the game (zone blitz, spread offense, etc.).

In the last question asked to Layden, Jets coach Rex Ryan came into discussion.

Q. Is there a current coach who could end up listed among the innovators you wrote about?

A. The guy who is going to be remembered that way in 25 years is Rex Ryan. Now, he’s known as a big, wacky guy who speaks without thinking, and we don’t know what the modern Jets are going to become. In 25 years, people will look at what he’s done, taking his father’s defense and LeBeau’s defense and really advancing all those concepts. His personality overshadows that.

Quite the amount of praise to be thrown upon Rex. After all, he’s only been a head coach for one year. Though, I’m not disagreeing with what Layden said. Combining what Rex did in Baltimore to what he’s started with the Jets he’s laying down the framework for one of the most impressive defensive schemes in recent memory.

Sometimes Rex’s antics get in the way and we do forget how good of a coach Rex really is. We should consider ourselves lucky to have one of the game’s best as our head coach.


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