November 17, 2009
A head coach in the NFL could do worse than having a lot in common with Dick Vermeil. Rex Ryan's head coaching career is still in its infancy, but one thing we know he does have in common with Vermeil is that he's a crier.
Ryan stood in front of his New York Jets team on Monday morning after a tough loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars and, for the second time this season, bawled like a little girl with a skinned knee. Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post tells us that the tears moved and motivated the team.
The memorable moment simultaneously stunned his players and made them want to run out of the auditorium right then and there and board the bus to Foxborough, Mass., for Sunday's last-stand game against the Patriots.
"He didn't bash us at all; he was just very emotional . . . he was crying," right tackle Damien Woody(notes) told The Post. "Rex believes in our team so much I can't even put it into words and it would be a shame if we didn't capitalize on our opportunity."
"I was a little upset to see him that way," Revis told The Post. "I'm upset for the same reasons he's upset."
Asked if he's ever been a part of a meeting with such high-powered emotions, Revis said: "No, I haven't been a part of a meeting where a coach cried like that. . . . In the future, I hope there are more tears of joy than the one this morning."
Ryan also cried tears of joy after the Jets' season-opening win against Houston. For those of you scoring at home, that's nine games and two crying fits, for a crying percentage of .222.
I'm all for the tears. When I first read about it on Pro Football Talk, I thought, "There's nothing wrong with being an emotional fellow, but it's a long season, and you probably don't want to get too high or too low." But then I thought about Dick Vermeil, and I really felt like he was a great coach, so you know what? Cry your heart out, Rex. Football's an emotional game. Tell the equipment manager to stock up on Kleenex.
We'll see how it works this weekend when Ryan, the NFL's cryingest coach, takes on its most robotic, Bill Belichick.
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