Is Rex Refusing to Admit there is a Locker Room Problem?

Is Rex Refusing to Admit there is a Locker Room Problem?

Today has been an interesting day in Jets land to say the least.  Nothing fires up JetsNation more that Mr. Anonymous.  You know that guy, the one with the question mark on his face who throws a grenade and then runs.  He struck earlier this morning and my full reaction in writing and podcast are here for your viewing and listening pleasure.

This afternoon Rex showed up to his weekly schedule press conference to a full packed house (usually means something major is happening) and had to address the Rams game Tebow questions.

Today at Practice – JetsInsider: The man in the middle #nyj #nfl

Wednesday morning’s revelation that anonymous members of the Jets think Tim Tebow is “terrible” set the sports world on fire and brought up memories of the 2011 Jets and the 2011 Broncos.

And it also upset Rex Ryan, who said on Wednesday afternoon that he “addressed” the issue with the team and called the Tebow-bashing a “cowardly thing.”

LauraBehnke: Rex Ryan just finished with media. No questions about upcoming opponent, all about Tebow and anonymous quotes #Jets

“Did I address it? I absolutely addressed it,” Ryan said per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “Because I think it’s a cowardly thing. If you’re not going to put your name to it, I think that’s about as cowardly of a thing as there is. I even mentioned that. I said, ‘Look, if…’ Well, I don’t want to get into specifics of what I said. But I did address it with our football team. I absolutely did.”


The comments from anonymous players should sound familiar: we saw something similar happen just last year. Except that time it was Mark Sanchez getting the bad-mouth treatment and the comments didn’t seep out until January. But there was another striking similarity: Rex refuses to believe that his locker room is in trouble.

e_man Rex, stop trying to please everyone… Get pissed. Kick some ass and fix this. You have the authority (for now) to make a difference. 11/14/12 1:13 PM

The thing that is startling is the fact that Rex REFUSES to say that there is a problem in the locker room.  Of course there is a problem.  This is an exact clone of what happened after the 2011 season.  It is happening again.

Now Rex says that he addressed the problem with his team calling them “cowardly” and in the press conference started to go into specifics of what he said but then cut himself off.

If he said anything but along the lines of:

LOOK.  If I find out who Mr. Anonymous is, you are CUT immediately.  So TEST ME AND DO IT AGAIN.  GO AHEAD.

Ok, maybe not cut, but they should be fined heavily and called out.  If he said anything different, then he just doesn’t get it.  To me it seems like Rex is trying to please everyone, and he needs to get angry.  This behavior will not be tolerated.


e_man RT @ConorTOrr: Ryan said that this is not an instance of team chemistry crumbling. #nyj #jets>> oh no? 11/14/12 1:02 PM

The biggest thing that is bugging me about some followers is that they are insinuating that I’m being duped by Manish and that he is making this up and I’m a clown for getting all riled up.  As long as he and everyone else is a CREDENTIALED member of the Jets Media, I’m going to react.

If Manish is lying and is caught, then the Jets will kick him to the curb correct?  So please don’t  tweet me telling me I should talk about other things.  I’m a blogger and my brain goes where it wants to go, and right now…. I want to talk about THIS particular mess.