New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is known for his loud mouth and defensive intelligence. He couldn't hide the former, but he didn't use the latter during the 2011 season as much as he usually does.
Cornerback Darrelle Revis and a few of his teammates told the New York Post that Ryan didn't spend as much time with the defense last season. But they say it's already evident that Ryan plans to boost his attention to the defense in the coming year.
"He did fade off a little bit," Revis said. "I don't know the reason for it. He's a head coach. He has a lot on his plate. It's a lot of pressure. It's just something that maybe he thought he put more trust in the coaching staff and seeing that it kind of hurt us a little bit last year. Not to frown (on) any coaches or how they coach. It's good to see your head coach being involved and maybe just putting his two cents in, just hearing his voice every now and then in the meeting room. I think it's good."
"He's been in our defensive meetings a little bit more so far," linebacker David Harris said. "It's still the offseason but in our installs the last two weeks he's been more hands on coaching little points here and there and asking guys if they understand it, younger guys. I think it's going to be a plus for us."