Rex Ryan: Bringing It Big
TRUE ORIGINALITY IS rare to come by in football coaches. Years may pass with the prevailing belief that no further significant strategic innovations are possible. Then comes a spread offense or a wildcat formation and, swifter than a red-dogging linebacker, every team moves to adjust. The Jets are Ryan’s first head-coaching job, but long before the team hired him last year, he was already known within the professional fraternity as a defensive auteur — a man with “a beautiful football mind.” His scheme of “organized chaos,” which he developed with his staff as a Baltimore Ravens coordinator, is something unique. It’s a way of thinking about the game as much as it is a matrix of X’s and O’s, a basic football counterintuition that says the defense will initiate play and the offense will respond.
In fact, both those things came to pass in Sunday’s unfortunate Patriots-Jets tilt.
(Hey – I may be from New York, but the Jets are certified assholes.)
Regardless, football’s in your court, Bill Belichick.