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By Danny Cox
There have been a number of polls conducted this season that show some interesting results. One of those polls had the two quarterbacks of the New York Jets – Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez – ranked as the most overrated players in the NFL. Now, it appears as if the Jets are getting one more member of the franchise added to the “overrated” category.
An anonymous midseason poll conducted by Sporting News says that Jets’ coach Rex Ryan is the most overrated coach in the NFL.
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Out of the 103 players from 27 teams polled, 35 of them voted for Ryan. Coming in second was coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots. Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid finished in third.
Belichick and Reid had 16 and nine votes respectively. Still, neither of them came close to the tally laid up by Ryan.
“Rex Ryan…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.”
Over the years, Ryan has made big-time headlines at least once a year and he doesn’t really care what he says or when. That’s the thing about him; Ryan doesn’t necessarily look for the spotlight, but he just ends up there due to the normal actions he has with his team.
No one has forgotten the time the Jets were on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” have they?
Ryan’s biggest problem has to be when he throws out game guarantees and even Super Bowl guarantees. He had led the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship Games in his first two seasons as coach, but has since faltered.
The Jets missed the playoffs in 2011 and don’t look like they are going to make it in 2012 either, as they currently sit with a 3-5 record. They’re tied for last in the AFC East with the Buffalo Bills, who are the normal cellar-dwellers.
By no means will this even probably affect Ryan in the least bit. He has never been one to take criticism harshly or even let it bother him. Ryan is one of those guys that just lets things roll off his back. Or better yet, he may use it to give him something else to use to motivate his team.
He certainly should use this poll as motivation though because the Jets are struggling and need something to get them over the hump right now.
Other coaches that received votes were:
Mike Shanahan, Redskins – 8
Mike Tomlin, Steelers – 4
Jeff Fisher, Rams – 3
Jim Harbaugh, 49ers – 3
Norv Turner, Chargers – 3
Pete Carroll, Seahawks – 2
Jason Garrett, Cowboys – 2
John Harbaugh, Ravens – 2
Six coaches received one vote each
Players were allowed to vote for any coach in the NFL except for their own. They also were not allowed to name their teammates for any answers in the poll.For more Local Football Bloggers and the latest NFL news, see CBS Sports Las Vegas.
Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.