To slow down Eli Manning, Rob Ryan will have to out-maneuver Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, his father’s famous nemesis when they were on the same Houston Oilers staff that day 17 years ago.
Ryan recalled the punch [a notorious sideline punch from Ryan’s dad Buddy in 1994] as “unfortunate” yesterday but said jokingly that Gilbride got off easy.
“Dad never really landed [the punch],” Ryan said. “I’ve seen him throw a hell of a lot harder punches than that.””
MARK SANCHEZ SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER
First it was the GQ cover, now it’s SI for the “Sanchise.” Funny, and to think that WFAN radio legend Mike Francesa, a constant Jet basher, said prior to the Cowboys game that the team doesn’t have enough of a fan base to fill it’s own stadium up. Sorry Mike, if anything, the fan base is not only here, it’s growing nationally too.
Mark Sanchez is the number 15 top selling jersey. Crosstown QB Eli Manning isn’t even in the top 25. The Jets are also ninth in the NFL in team sales. Not bad for a club that according to Francesa (a lifelong Giants fan), doesn’t have enough fans to fill up seats at home games.
Either way, we don’t care about how many out there love Gang Green. Jets faithful not seeking any popularity, of King of NYC awards. The true diehards just want the chance to compete for the Vince Lombardi trophy year in, year out. With Sanchez the winner, they have that opportunity do so again. For the third straight season.
The Ryan Boys: Loud and Clear, Mostly Loud
As young coaches, Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan were known as Buddy Ryan’s twins but now, with Rex the Jets’ coach and Rob the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, Buddy is better known as their father. With a thud heard round the world of pro football, each of these swaggering apples fell not far from the tree.
Loud and clear, Rex keeps saying the Jets are going to win the Super Bowl. Also loud and clear, Rob, who earned two Super Bowl rings as a Patriots assistant, keeps saying that he has been an assistant of the year in professional football and in college football, “so apparently I’m pretty good.” He adds, “No one else believes it, but they will after this game,” the Cowboys-Jets season opener Sunday night. More —> NYTimes
Loud and clear, Rex keeps saying the Jets are going to win the Super Bowl. Also loud and clear, Rob, who earned two Super Bowl rings as a Patriots assistant, keeps saying that he has been an assistant of the year in professional football and in college football, “so apparently I’m pretty good.”
He adds, “No one else believes it, but they will after this game,” the Cowboys-Jets season opener Sunday night.
More —> NYTimes
“My brother and I graduated from Southwest Oklahoma in 1986. We graduated summa cum laude, too. Okay, not really, but here’s a good one: My brother and I had a little fun with our graduation cards and typed in “summa cum laude” at the bottom. We ended up being called on stage with all the graduates who made high honors. We were standing up there with all the brains, smiling these big, shit-eating grins, and my dad was in the audience laughing along with a bunch of people. It was a pretty good joke.”
[D]on’t rule out a Ryan reunion in New York. Rex tried to hire Rob after replacing Eric Mangini in New York, but Mangini already had hired Rob to run the Cleveland defense. Though Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine presumably is safe, Rex could be interested in trying to bring his brother to town.
Though Rob Ryan is at least a year away, if not longer, from being an NFL head coach, he should get another opportunity to serve as a defensive coordinator, somewhere.