Rex Ryan On John Idzik And Darrelle Revis

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan spoke with the media Thursday about the new general manager John Idzik and the Darrelle Revis situation.

On his initial impressions of John Idzik…
It was outstanding. I think having three days in Mobile, (Alabama), with John, was great. You realize how similar our backgrounds are (and) even with his dad being a former Jet, my dad being a former Jet. As John mentioned, being six years old and going to the practices and all those types of things and being around football his whole life, very similar to mine. But really, it was great. The fact, in Mobile, the way it was set up – I thought Phil Savage by the way, did an outstanding job leading the Senior Bowl- we actually had interviews with players we sat side by side, and (seeing) the way he would talk to the players, all those type of things. It was great for me to sit in there. After you listen to John and being around him, it’s exciting for me because you see the direction he wants this team to go to. Everything, as a coach, what you want to hear is this man’s goals are the exact same as my goals and Mr. Johnson’s. We want to build a championship-caliber team. John mentioned it several times about having a team that can be a perennial contender basically, perennial playoff team, that’s what you want. You want sustainable success and that’s really what John’s always talked about, the days that I was with him. That’s really what he’s looking to do and obviously, as a coach, that’s what certainly I’m looking to do.

On how working with Idzik will be different…
I’m not sure how different.

On whether it will be different working with Idzik and evaluating talent…
Well, I know it’s going to be a, as John mentioned, a collaborative effort I think. But he’s trying to involve really everybody, lean on everybody and I think that’s going to be great. Not just for me, but for a lot of people in this building. Obviously, he has the last say in this is who we take and all that and personnel decisions and probably many decisions. But I like the fact that he’s going to involve several people, including myself and our coaches as well, as scouts working together and building this team with those goals in mind.

On if it was a collaborative effort previously…
I guess to say well, how different it’s going to be? It’s probably a little too early to say that exactly but I just sense that he’s really going to take in the information, collect information, and then make the decision (based on) what’s best for this organization. Is it different? I’m sure it’s going to be a little different, I don’t think there’s any doubt it’ll be a little different.

On whether he foresees any possibility that Darrelle Revis may not be on the team in 2013…
Well, I’ll tell you what, on the way in today, I heard about all this and things and I just kind of laughed about it because I’m like, ‘It’s John’s first day.’ It’s his first day in the building and this is what comes up and things. But I will say this, I think he hit it right on the head, to say anything, he’s here, he’s not here, all that type of stuff, it is way to premature for that. Let’s give the man an opportunity to get with everybody and to go over our personnel. So again, you guys know how I feel about Darrelle and things. But again, as John mentioned, all decisions will be made in the best interest of our football team and trying to attain the goals that he talked about. The man hasn’t even been here (a day), he hasn’t opened up a tape yet, he hasn’t looked at any tape yet and things.

On if Idzik needs to watch tape on Revis…
Well, I think you have to look at your entire roster and things and certainly, we’re all looking forward to getting that process started.

On his opinion on trading Revis…
Again, I’m not going to get in to any of those specifics right now. I think let’s let the process run its course and I’m confident that any decision made, that this organization (makes) will be without question in the best interest of this football team with the goals that John had mentioned.

On if he was taken aback by hearing the report on Revis possibly being traded…
No, I just thought it was interesting that on the (day of Idzik’s) press conference, he waited all his life to get this opportunity and obviously deserved this opportunity. John’s really well thought of throughout this league and this is his day that he looked forward to and to put something out there like this when the man hasn’t even had a chance to evaluate a roster I thought was pretty interesting.

On if he’s worried about his long term future with the Jets due to having a new general manager…
I’m not. And the reason I say that, and I’ve said it before, I’m confident in myself but I’m confident in the direction that this football team’s taken. I think we have a lot of great people in this building, in this organization and I’m confident we can get things done. But as far as the long term deal, what I can affect is doing the best job I possibly can do and I’ve had success, maybe not to the extent that everybody looks at, like winning Super Bowls every single year. I haven’t had that success yet as a head coach but I have had some success throughout my career and the best thing I can do is focus on doing a tremendous job here and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll never forget when Mike Nolan took the defensive coordinator job over with the Ravens and I was passed over. And Mike was the receiver coach at that time, even though he had an extensive background on defense, and I thought I was the right man for the job. And I sat there, and I told him, I said, ‘You know, it’s going to take me a day or two to get over this decision, that Brian (Bilick) made and Ozzie (Newsome) made, but I’m going to be the best coach you ever had.’ That’s how I approached it. And right now, I’m going to be the best coach that he’s seen and that’s the way I’m going to look at it and I’m excited about that because it energizes me. Some of the decisions that we’ve made on the coaching staff, I guess it wasn’t official that we hired Marty Mornhinweg, I think that’s just out now, I’m going to break that story to you guys that Marty Mornhinweg is our offensive coordinator. Dennis Thurman, which I held it and held it, but yes, we’ve decided to go with Dennis Thurman as the defensive coordinator. Tim McDonald will be our secondary coach. Brian Smith is being elevated to the assistant secondary position. We’ve hired David Lee as our quarterbacks coach. Obviously, and we’re still in the process of hiring a linebacker coach but that’s still going on. We have a couple guys, one guy scheduled Friday another one scheduled on Monday but that’s been something obviously each decision you make is important and that’s something that we’re looking at. But really, when you look at it, when I said that it’s kind of like hit the reset button, that I’m starting over, that’s how I look at it. The same kind of enthusiasm and energy and all that and I think a lot of that stems from, and not saying Mike (Tannenbaum) didn’t have it, but when John came in, it’s hard not to get excited when you listen to John talk about what he looks at as the future of the organization and things and the direction on how he’s going to build it, how he’s going to lean on the people here. I can’t wait to start really getting into the personnel part of it and everything else and working side by side with him.

On if having a family member in the NFL gives you an advantage…
That’s an interesting question. I think honestly at the end of the day, it’s going to be about you and what you’ve done. You’re going to have to stand on your own in what you’ve done and your own merits and things. I think it gives us a huge advantage. Part of that is that it’s different. The National Football League is a lot different than college football and anywhere else. I think the fact is that I know myself, I’m not intimidated by anything. I think part of that was that I grew up in NFL locker rooms from when I was this big. The same thing with John, I think it’s the same thing. For me, I hadn’t had experience as a head coach before and you think you’re ready. I’m a better head coach now, in my opinion, than when I first came in from those experiences. I think going into it, I was more prepared for it than others because I had been around this game all of my life. I’d been around Joe Namath when I was a young guy, some of the greats, (like) Walter Payton. I do think it’s a huge advantage.

On hiring Marty Mornhinweg…
It’s true and I think the ground and pound, as I’ve stated before, stuck with me forever. My goal was that I wanted that all weather offense, where you can win in any condition and be successful, but the ground and pound really fit our football team that first year. We might have been second in the history of the league in rushing attempts. We thought that was the best way to get it done. Now, when I look at it, and I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t want to be the guy that held us back but I thought it was important to get a guy with a proven track record as a quarterback developer, a proven track record statistically, a guy who has been there and done it, a proven track record of a play caller and we got all of those with Marty. I brought in several candidates, a lot of great coaches, but for us, I thought Marty was the guy that I thought was the best fit for us. I’m excited to see the quarterback and what happens here. You have Marty and David Lee, a guy who has an outstanding reputation. I recall Bill Parcells hired him in Miami before he hired the head coach. That’s what he thought of him. He has a background in Buffalo. He’s been around. He was a guy that is a frontrunner in the new style of offense as well as things you are seeing in the league with the pistol and those types of things, so I think that was a great hire. He’s a great fundamental coach. I can’t wait to get out there and see how our offense looks. Will it look different? Yes, it will.

On Mark Sanchez…
I just saw him in the hallway actually, but I said hello. I will see him. I know he is in town and I will talk to him. He has to be popping out of his skin. I think as any quarterback would. You have the combination of Marty Mornhinweg and David Lee as coaches. That’s a heck of a start. I believe Mark needs to erase his hard drive. I think it’s new. He has to be excited about it. The fact that he’s reaching out to Jeff Garcia to get an idea about all of it tells you how much he wants to (get better). Will there be competition? There’s going to be as John mentioned, competition at every spot. He obviously is excited about this. He’s probably just trying to get a head start.

On evaluating Darrelle Revis…
I’ll stand by anything that I’ve ever said about Darrelle when I said that you guys know how I feel about Darrelle Revis.

On if Revis will be a Jet this season…
I think you have to understand that our situation is that it’s John’s first day on the job. He’s the general manager. There’s going to be a process where we’re going through Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold or whoever, we’re going through no matter the great players, maybe not as great players, everybody is going to be going through the same process. Anytime you’re a new general manager coming in, you obviously get everybody’s opinions and, at the end of the day, he will formulate his own opinions. That’s with everybody.

On how he feels about next season…
The gun has been taken away? I’m all for that. (joking) Again, as a coach, my job is to go out and we all are, with enthusiasm and everything else that hadn’t been matched. That’s how I’m going to approach it. My job ultimately is to win. That’s what we’ll plan on doing.

Source: New York Jets Media

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