Rex Ryan seems to be making headlines as he has always done with his mouth. In Wednesday’s presser after practice, Rex used the word “Brutal” to describe rookie Geno Smith’s play. When was the last time that Rex was this harsh on Mark Sanchez? Many believe that Mark is Rex’s “guy” and that deep down he wants the incumbent to win the competition, but I’ve heard just about every kind of theory of what the word Brutal meant.
“It was brutal. It was Geno’s worst day. I think, and obviously, the ankle’s part of it, but . . . way too many picks and things. Did not look comfortable today,” Ryan said. “Obviously he has to come back from it, he will come back from it. It was a bad day. Everybody, we’ve seen it, guys have bad days. But this was a really bad day for Geno.”
Rex has used this tactic before where he calls out a player by describing their behavior, play or anything he wants them to improve on. Remember Quinton Coples last year and even this year when the 2nd year player was slacking a little with the weights? Bill Parcells always used this tactic to get a player to step up by challenging them and calling them out.
Did Rex call out Geno to motivate him?
Brutal Shot Across the Bow
Another theory is that Rex was sending GM John Idzik a clear message. Everyone knows that Geno is John’s guy, and that Rex, whether he likes it or not now, is tied to Sanchez’s career. The quarterback competition was way to close to call up until that practice, and maybe Rex was sending a message to John. For that matter, maybe Rex was also sending a message to OC Marty Mornhinweg to get him to lean toward the veteran.
This theory to me seems a little too far fetched, but it’s being discussed on he interwebs.
Then again, Rex has admitted that he likes to tell the truth and calls it as he sees it. Maybe there is no agenda what so ever behind the statement. Maybe Rex was just saying what he cleanly saw: The rookie was brutal. Throwing three interceptions in one practice can do that.
Rex would never call out Mark Sanchez in this light if he was the one that had such a brutal practice. I think Rex knows like the rest of us that Mark’s psyche couldn’t take it. I think Rex could be testing the rookie to see how he faces his head coaches statement and the overall adversity he’s facing with a bad practice coupled with an ankle injury.
If Geno has a killer practice today, he’ll be your starter with the one’s for the game on Saturday against the Jaguars. If he’s still hobbling around, maybe he won’t even get into the game. If Geno doesn’t play, my opinion is that Mark has won the starting Job for week 1 against the Bucs.
Friday’s press conference is where Rex makes his announcement on who starts against the Jags. Either way, I predict an interesting day on twitter.