Win or lose, the buck stops with Rex

As Gang's biggest star since Namath, Ryan will take blame if Jets crash and burn

Updated: October 11, 2011, 10:21 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Over the last 25 years no head coach or manager in this market, not Bill Parcells or Joe Torre or Pat Riley, has consumed the identity of his franchise quite like Rex Ryan consumes his.

The successes and failures of Parcells, Torre and Riley were defined by Hall of Fame athletes who represented game-changing brilliance and rage (Lawrence Taylor), grace under pressure (Derek Jeter), and tragic twists of fate lifted from a Shakespearean plot (Patrick Ewing).

Ryan? ...

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