At his introductory press conference Wednesday, we saw why Rex Ryan will bring some much-needed passion to the New York Jets.
Ryan, the Jets new coach, joked that with all the cameras in front of him that he thought the new President of the United States might be around.
Then he said he wasn't around, but that the Jets would see him in the next couple of years.
Translation: The Jets will win a Super Bowl and go to the White House for the traditional visit.
That's Ryan. Cocky.
He also said he would bring a nastiness to the Jets, something he instilled in that Baltimore Ravens defense as that unit's coordinator.
That confidence and brash talk is why I like Ryan in this job. The Jets media and their fans will love him.
- The idiots who vandalized Donovan McNabb's house in Arizona are the reason fans get a bad reputation. Can you get any dumber? What would make you burn his yard? Didn't they realize that a fire was being set? Things burn. Houses burn. People can die. I hope those guys pay a hefty fine and spend a couple of days in jail.
- With the Jaguars set to hire former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator, Tucker is expected to have that in title only. The word, as I wrote here last week, is that coach Jack Del Rio will be the team's defensive coordinator. Tucker will coach the secondary, and do the weekly breakdowns, but look for Del Rio to make the defensive calls on Sunday.
- We hear a lot about the Rooney Rule and its impact on helping black coaches and executives get hired. Mike Tomlin has a chance to become the second black head coach to win a Super Bowl, joining Tony Dungy. But Arizona Cardinals general manager Rod Graves can become the second black general manager to win the Super Bowl if the Cardinals beat Tomlin's Steelers. Jerry Reese was the first when the Giants own the Super Bowl last year. That's progress, folks.
- I love the hiring of Dom Capers as defensive coordinator in Green Bay. Capers is one of the better defensive minds in football. He was being wasted as a part-time assistant in New England. The Packers will be changing to more of a 3-4 defense, the preferred defense of Capers. But Capers warned it will not be an entire move to the 3-4. If the Packers are to move to a 3-4, they need to find a big-play pass-rushing linebacker in the draft. I really like USC's Brian Cushing. He would be perfect for the Packers.
- If you're looking for a riser on NFL draft boards, take a look at USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. Some scouts love him, so much so they think he can be a top-15 pick. With Matt Stafford the only other quarterback in the draft with that type of ability, look for Sanchez to see his stock continue to rise. Another riser is USC linebacker Clay Matthews Jr. He might make it into the first round after impressing the first couple of days at the Senior Bowl.
- The quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl aren't very good. The best of them is Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell. According to scouts, he's played pretty well in the practices. The word is West Virginia quarterback Pat White better give strong consideration to playing receiver. He is small and hasn't looked that good at practices for the South team.