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Former Jet Gholston Puts Some of the Blame on Ryan for Being a Bust

Vernon Gholston doesn’t take all the blame for being a draft bust. Gholston doled out some of the fault to coach Rex Ryan and the Jets, too, saying last night he didn’t get a fair shot in three wholly unproductive seasons with the Jets.

Now a backup defensive end trying to hang on with the Bears, Gholston said after a 41-13 preseason loss to the Giants the deck was stacked against him when Ryan took over in 2009.

“I heard how he was perceiving me before the [2008] draft, before he knew me, and I was the same way — I wasn’t hoping for him to be [my] first coach of the Jets when I was there, either,” said Gholston, a holdover from the Eric Mangini regime.

Rex made a comment to me when he first came in that he thought I wasn’t liked by the guys on the team, then once he got there he saw that wasn’t the case,” Gholston said. “Those perceptions kind of determine the outcome, and it’s sad to say.”

“Teams are always looking for talent, and to say I don’t have talent is a far stretch,” Gholston said. “It’s all about getting a fair shot and time in the system. With the Jets, it was constant position change and coaching change. There was no stability. I never really had that with the Jets.”


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