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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Ryan to NFL: 'The Jets are coming'


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Where's my helmet?

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan delivered his introductory remarks at a Wednesday morning news conference in Florham Park, N.J.

 
  AP Photo/Mike Derer
  Rex Ryan inherits a Jets team that started 8-3 but fell short of the playoffs.

If you're a Jets fan, you already have to be panting for the 2009 season to start. Even if you're not a Jets loyalist, you have to be intrigued to see what Ryan will do.

Compared to Eric Mangini's taciturn demeanor, Ryan came off as the second coming of Knute Rockne in his first public comments since signing a four-year contract Monday worth a reported $11.6 million.

Four of the first six questions were about Brett Favre and whether Ryan wanted the legendary quarterback to return. Ryan was diplomatic in his responses, praising Favre while not making any declarations.

Ryan announced Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Mike Pettine has been hired as the Jets' defensive coordinator to replace Bob Sutton.

"You're going to see he's a star in this league," Ryan said of Pettin.

Ryan also mentioned special-teams coach Mike Westhoff and offensive line coach Bill Callahan had committed to staying and said he's "very excited to meet with" offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Here are my favorite Ryan comments from his first Jets news conference:

1. On what Ryan expects to Jets' reputation to be:

Rex Ryan: The message to the rest of the league is "Hey, the Jets are coming. We're going to give you everything we got, and that's going to be, I think, more than you can handle." We're going to try to put pressure on everybody that we play. We want to be known as the most physical football team in the NFL.

We're going to take care of each other. The players are going to have each others' backs, and if you take swipe at one of ours, we'll take a swipe at two of yours. That's just the way this game is going to be played.

2. On what changes Jets fans will notice:

RR: The exciting thing is that this team won nine football games. This is a good football team. There really doesn't have to be a drastic change. But I think you're going to see a drastic change in maybe some of the style of play, in particular on defense.

Read and react is for somebody else. We're going to be attacking from the whistle and not to the whistle but through the whistle. We're going to turn the heat up and let the fur fly and see what happens.

3. On home-field advantage at the Meadowlands:

RR: I want to challenge our fans. They're obviously a part of our whole football team, but you can see the value in your fans of how you play defense at home.

I'm excited about this opportunity. I know the Jet fans. This is going to be great, man. This is going to be a great marriage. I can honestly say the style of defense we play, with our fans ... Whoo, it's going to be rough on people.

Baltimore was pretty rough on people. Nobody scored more than 13 points against us at home, and I think that was the first time that's been done in 40 years in the NFL. The expectations for me are high as a head football coach. I have high expectations of our fans. We're not going to let them score at home.

4. On how he's different than what Jets fans have gotten used to:

RR: I'm not a one-hit wonder. When you look at my background, I think I've been successful at all stops along the way. ... It gets done at all levels. Obviously, at Baltimore, we've been consistent.

I know the kind of responsibility it is to be a head football coach. You got the right guy. I plan on proving that each week.

5. On Brett Favre timetable:

RR: There's a million decisions that need to be made, and obviously Brett will be a huge decision. Whether he's going, he might make that decision for us. We'll look at that when the time comes.

I plan on talking to all the players. I'm excited about getting to know all our players. I'll start knocking off about four or five a day, and when it gets down to the F's I'll talk to Brett.

6. On operational policy:

RR: You've heard of the KISS philosophy, which is Keep It Simple Stupid. That's for somebody else. Ours is a KILL philosophy. We're going to Keep It Likeable and Learnable. We're going to make mistakes, but we're going to make those mistakes full speed. You're going to see an attack team here.

7. On approach to practice:

RR: As far as our aggressive mentality, you're going to see it through our preparation. You're going to see that on the practice field. We're going to get after it. We either go at walkthrough speed or full speed. That's how you do things here. You can't expect a guy to know how to play on Sunday when he hasn't seen it throughout the week.

8. On offensive philosophy:

RR: We want to have an all-weather offense. That starts with a running game. You've got to be able to run the ball. That's important. You've got to win when the snow flies to get to where you want to go, and that's to win Super Bowls.

9. On his coaching style and reputation as a player's coach:

RR: I'm going to be myself, and that's been pretty successful for me. I'm not going to paint a false picture of myself. I'm a guy that's very confident. I'm not just confident in my abilities. I'm confident in my coaches' abilities, and I'm confident in my players' abilities.