Say what you want about Rex Ryan, at least he is consistent.
The Head Coach of the New York Jets has shown his usual amount of bravado this offseason as he looks to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season that almost cost Ryan his job.
If he's feeling the pressure, he certainly isn't showing it.
In truth, if there isn't a dramatic turnaround, Ryan will be dismissed. He was fortunate to keep his job at the end of last season, especially when you consider the firings the Jets made all around the brash coach.
They basically cleaned house, making everyone but Ryan the scapegoat for the Jets failures. Reports suggest that Ryan had talked his way out of his removal, using his two AFC Championship game appearances when he was first hired as Jets coach as an example of what could be achieved with him at the helm.
Ryan recently said after the Jets first set of OTA's: "I'm a hell of a lot better football coach than I'm given credit for".
Recent form suggests otherwise.
The New York Jets will get back to their blitz-happy roots in the 2013 NFL season. Head coach Rex Ryan will turn his defense loose more often this season, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
Ryan's best defenses have always been defined by a blitzing mentality. That has changed during the last two seasons.
The Jets experimented with more 4-3 looks and did not bring as much pressure. Former coordinator Mike Pettine is being made the scapegoat for this more cautious style of defense.
NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal has suggested that Pettine took on more play-calling responsibility in 2011 and 2012. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini notes that when Ryan called the plays in 2009 and 2010, the defense was considerably more aggressive.
Brace yourselves, New England.
Tebow-Mania is heading your way.
Today the Patriots confirmed yesterday's rumours that they have indeed signed Quarterback Tim Tebow on a two-year contract. He will immediately enter a competition with Ryan Mallett to be Tom Brady's back-up for the upcoming season during training camp. This has come as somewhat of a surprise, as just last week it was stated that Belichick and the Pats had no interest in Tebow whatsoever.
The Patriot organisation has clearly had a rethink and are willing to give the former Heisman trophy winner another shot in the NFL, following a harrowing season with the New York Jets, leading to his release when the team drafted West Virginia Quarterback Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft.
9th Overall – DE/LB Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young University
Reason: The Jets have needed to upgrade their lackluster pass rush for the past couple seasons now. With recent rumors of Bills possibly selecting a quarterback 8th overall, there is a strong possibility that Ansah might slide to the Jets if a combination of Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, or Matt Barkley are selected by two teams ahead of the Jets.
13th Overall – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia University
Reason: The Jets have to get more offensive weapons capable of scoring touchdowns. Austin has a similar skillset as a former Marty Morhinweg wide receiver – DeSean Jackson. If Austin is able to contribute in the same capacity as Jackson in Morhinweg's system, the Jets should have an easier time scoring on offense next season. The Jets may also look to trade back in an effort to acquire more mid round selections during the draft.
The New York Jets are finally fixing their weak pass rush, after signing free-agent linebacker Antwan Barnes. Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News reported the details of Barnes' signing. Frankly it is a bargain deal for Gang Green, paying him only $900,000 initially and then $1.2 million each of the next two years.
For a modest sum, head coach Rex Ryan is getting the kind of pure pass-rusher his defense has lacked for too long. Since Ryan arrived in New York in 2009, the Jets have failed to exceed 40 sacks in a season and no one defender has posted double-digits in quarterback takedowns.
Whether he has operated a 3-4, 4-3 or a hybrid blend of both fronts, Ryan hasn't been able to produce a standout pass-rush threat. He hasn't had the right athletes at the edges of his defense.
Barnes has the potential to emerge as the outside rush ace Ryan needs to make his schemes more effective. He is a natural rush linebacker with the initial quickness and agility to routinely collapse the edges of a pass-pocket.