New York Jets head coach and self-proclaimed best defensive coach in football Rex Ryan is done with guarantees of Super Bowl wins for his team. This time he's setting his sites on another guarantee: locker room harmony.
After last season's locker room chaos, Rex is hoping for things to be very different going into this year, and he's blaming himself for allowing such an atmosphere in 2011.
In an interview with the NFL Network's new NFL AM show, Ryan said, “I take full responsibility for what happened last year and I know what’s going to happen this year: This is going to be a close team,” he said. “I don’t know how many games we’re going to win, but I can tell you one thing, that we will have a close football team.”
So this season, we should be seeing plenty of hugs around, followed by a weekly campfire circle to sing Kumbaya. In the words of Bart Scott, "Can't wait."
Ryan says he's very committed to taking a hands-on approach in player relations this season, something he didn't do much of last year due to delegating too much.
“When you have time to evaluate what went wrong, you start with yourself,” he said. “and to me, I’m much better as more of a hands-on guy than I would be just sitting in the head coach’s chair. And that’s exactly what’s going to take place.”