AFC East: coaches

Rex Ryan responds to 'overrated' claim

November, 7, 2012
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan always has a sense of humor. He even joked Wednesday about being named the most overrated coach in the NFL in a player poll by the Sporting News.

"Hey, I finally beat Bill Belichick at something,” Ryan said of his rival Patriots coach, who finished second in the poll. “I finally got him.”

As we explained in the AFC East blog on Tuesday, Ryan and Belichick being named the league’s two most overrated coaches is laughable.

This poll is filled with personal feelings and bias. Ryan is generally viewed as a loudmouth and Belichick is not very likable outside of Foxborough, Mass. Neither has anything to do with either coach’s X's and O's, which are very good.

Why the hate toward Ryan, Belichick?

November, 6, 2012
Rex Ryan and Bill Belichick are the NFL's two most overrated coaches?

C'mon, man!

The Sporting News surveyed 103 NFL players and Ryan of the New York Jets and Belichick of the New England Patriots finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. Ryan received 35 votes and Belichick received 16.

I agreed with a recent player poll that Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow was overrated. But there is no merit behind Ryan and Belichick being overrated. This is the silliest player poll I’ve seen to date.

Belichick has three Super Bowl rings with New England and five Super Bowl appearances as head coach. He has a perfect, 16-0 regular season after Spygate. Belichick has Hall of Fame credentials and it’s silly for any NFL players to think otherwise.

Ryan is in his fourth season and has two appearances in the AFC Championship Game. He’s never had a losing season and has handled the New York media circus well. I’ve criticized Ryan for several things -- such as his undying loyalty to quarterback Mark Sanchez -- but his X's and O's are solid.

This poll reeks of a popularity contest -- and Ryan and Belichick are unpopular for different reasons. Belichick is not the most personable coach in the world. But not being likable doesn’t make him overrated.

Yes, Ryan gets plenty of media attention, and perhaps players don’t like coaches stealing the spotlight. But saying zany things in the media doesn’t make Ryan a bad coach.

Stop the AFC East hate.