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There is one revelation a 34-0 shellacking will provide for its victims. It will remove all pretenses.

It's impossible to know whether New York Jet coach Rex Ryan actually believes his own hyperbole about his team. He certainly sells it as if he is the orchestrator of the dream. Either he has been the quintessential glass-half-full guy, or the modern day snake oil salesman with a tendency toward grounded credibility.

Well, we're beginning to observe the seeds of doubt in Ryan, as if he's just now realizing that the bill of goods he's been selling was first sold wholesale to him. Who knows? Perhaps, he's simply frustrated at his own lack of judgment in certain areas, the talent he's coaching among them. He's on record today as suggesting the wildcat is not the weapon he believed it would be. He's on record as saying he thinks Mark Sanchez is definitely the guy to lead the team. Sounds a bit testy, yes?

The wildcat admission is interesting because it incorporates so many awful decisions into one comment. Rex Ryan was impacted so dramatically by the Jet loss to the Denver Broncos last year, it influenced three key moves. He hired Tony Sparano because Ryan's unbreakable defense was riddled by the Dolphins' wildcat over the last couple years. No one in the world believed in that decision. He brought in Tim Tebow because Ryan's indestructible defense was dismantled by him on a 95-yard drive last year. Very few thought this move was a good idea. He adopted the wildcat as a key offensive weapon with the overmatched out-of-position Sparano as the architect and Tebow as the helmsman in front of a suspect offensive line. Most people were baffled by the reliance on a style of play that had been largely deciphered and addressed by NFL defenses and virtually abandoned by everyone.

He does appear to have finally come to his senses about all of these missteps, and you wonder how long Sparano will have to assimilate into a job he's really never held before.

Glenn Vallach has been a football fan for most of his lifetime, but never played organized pigskin unless you consider the thousands of youth hours running slant routes on city streets. Don Maynard was his idol, an adulation he took seriously, complete with a number 13 stitched to his sweatshirt. He remains a New York Jet fan through so much disappointment and embarrassment over the years. Coach Rex Ryan has rekindled a dormant fire, but sometimes he feels as if he doesn't understand the likely end result of all his efforts. It has been 42 years, after all.


  • · Yahoo! Sports New York Jets page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Mark Sanchez page
  • · Yahoo! Sports Tim Tebow page
  • · Rick Laughland, Managing Editor, Fox Sports, Jets' Wildcat not what Rex Ryan expected

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