Rex Ryan says a lot of things, and you get the sense that much of what he says is in an effort to convince himself or his team that they're better than they actually might be.
In your latest installment of As the Jets Burn, we turn our lonely eyes toward West Virginia, where players and coaches from the Mountaineers, whom Geno Smith quarterbacked last year, took shots at the Jets rookie signal-caller over the weekend.
Veiled shots, mind you, but quite thinly-veiled ones about the lack of "leadership" on the team last season.
"Last year we didn't have, you know, a lot of leadership," junior running back Dustin Garrison told TribLive.com.
This isn't all directed at Geno -- Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, now with the Rams, were both prominent players on that offense -- but mercy did the players not hold back on talking about a lack of "team" present with the Mountaineers squad.
"What's different this year is we're more a team," OL Quinton Spain said. "There ain't no I's; we don't depend on nobody. We just depend on all of us at once as a team. So I think this year will be better than last year.
"There wasn't no team. I could say there was a team early, but once we started losing we saw the I's come up, so it just hurt the team worse."
Head coach Dana Holgerson also lamented the lack of leadership, claiming there wasn't any on the team.
"[Leadership] was a big issue on last year's team, and I mean issue in a bad way," Holgorsen admitted last week.
As you might imagine, the New York media checked with Rex Ryan about this -- after all, when I say "quarterbacks" you think "leadership" right? Right. And Ryan didn't care for the comments coming out of Morgantown at all.
"Geno was a tremendous player for West Virginia," Ryan said. "Sometimes, I don't know, you have to ask them. I certainly don't get that. When somebody leaves your deal, I guess that's up to them, you'd have to ask them."
And then Ryan dropped the bomb, pointing out how glad he is that his kids didn't go to West Virginia.
"No, but it tells me I'm glad my kid never went there," Ryan said. "Tell you that much. I don't get that."
- Obviously the biggest injury of the day was the foot strain suffered by Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. There's conflicting rumors about how the Chiefs view the injury, but needless to say Charles suffering an injury would be a major, major problem.
- Chargers wideout Malcom Floyd left the field on a cart after suffering what looked like a right knee injury. Last week, the team's other first-team wide receiver, Denario Alexander, suffered a season-ending ACL injury.
- Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be taking part in team drills -- including 11-on-11's -- starting Tuesday. He may or may not love Mike Shanahan's plan for getting him back on the field.
- Great news for the Packers -- Datone Jones will only miss a few days as a result of an ankle injury.
Jumping Jim Irsay
Many starters played briefly or were nursing little injuries,but it was a crap performance,my apologies/My commanders got n earful from me!— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 12, 2013
'Tis the season for smart football analysis. While this won't be an all-encapsulating breakdown of things you should read here are a few pieces I thoroughly enjoyed:
- Ben Muth at SB Nation on the Washington offense heading into 2013.
- Matt Bowen of Bleacher/Report looks at a few critical plays from the first week of the preseason.
- Chris Brown of Grantland has a great breakdown of the Eagles during the first-ever game of the Chip Kelly era.
Bloggable City, USA
It's like everything the Redskins do is bloggy.
James Harrison on reporters: "Nothing against you personally. You might be a good guy. I just don't like your profession."— Joe Reedy (@joereedy) August 12, 2013
Be careful. Explaining excuses are tools of the incompetent.— Mike Tomlin (@CoachTomlin) August 12, 2013
There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don't have to like everything— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 12, 2013