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NY Times Feature on Rex Ryan

Nicholas Dawidoff of The New York Times recently wrote a feature on Rex Ryan. This isn’t just any old feature though. It’s 10 pages long! I can’t think of many, if any,  other NFL head coaches they could do that on. Imagine if someone tried to do that for Eric Mangini. They would struggle to get three pages let alone ten. Enough about the length, it is still a fantastic read. If your a Jets fan, it’s a must read. Here is a snippet of the feature:

Late spring in Florham Park, N.J., under a cloudless sky on a bright green lawn lined for football. It’s too hot, there’s only one lonely shade tree, and Rex Ryan’s latest diet isn’t working out. The New York Jets’ head coach is up over 345 again. Across the way from Ryan is his most valued employee, the magnificent cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is so “frustrated” about his salary that he sometimes seems undone. Living in Ryan’s attic back at the house is Ryan’s best friend since his Oklahoma youth, Jeff Weeks, the Jets’ outside linebackers coach, who is going through a divorce. Down on the farm in Kentucky, Ryan’s father, the pioneering defensive coach Buddy Ryan, has been ill with diverticulitis, while out in Cleveland, Ryan’s twin brother, Rob, is coordinating the defense for Browns Coach Eric Mangini, who had Ryan’s job until he was fired for what holdover Jets delicately call “negativity.” That, at least, will never be Ryan’s problem. “How great is this!” he cries, looking around. “My life is perfect.”


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