Rex Ryan: Just another overrated New York Jet, NFL players say

November 6, 2012

Me? Overrated? (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images)

According to a series of anonymous midseason NFL players polls, anyone and everyone on or affiliated with the New York Jets is overrated.

Tim Tebow? He’s the most overrated player in the league — even though the guy has attempted all of three passes this season.

Mark Sanchez? He’s the second-most overrated player.

Rex Ryan? Yep. Overrated. The most overrated head coach in the league, as it turns out.

(If you’re sensing an anti-J-E-T-S bias, you’re not alone.)

Ryan’s name topped the list for 35 of the 103 players involved in a recent Sporting News poll, and not simply due to the Jets’ on-field performance.

“His coaching style is over the top,” an AFC offensive player told Sporting News. “Some of the things he does in front of the cameras are way over the top. You put that with the New York media and he has a pretty big reputation, I guess.

“I don’t even know if you’d call him overrated anymore because it’s gonna be a couple of years since he was in the AFC finals. He’s pretty funny, and he’s a pretty good coach. But not THAT good.”


Atlanta Falcons Coach Mike Smith was voted one of the league’s most underrated coaches. That 8-0 record certainly didn’t hurt. (Erik S. Lesser/ EPA

The Jets wouldn’t mind being “pretty good” right about now. Coming out of the bye week, they are 3-5 and tied for last in the AFC East.

New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick — he of the three Super Bowl championships — finished second with 16 votes. Embattled NFC coaches Andy Reid (9) and Mike Shannahan (8) were the only other coaches to receive more than four votes.

Houston’s Gary Kubiak and Atlanta’s Mike Smith — whose teams are a combined 15-1 — tied for first in the underrated coaches poll with 15 votes apiece. Tom Coughlin was third with 11.

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