Rex Ryan does nothing by accident.
The things he says in front of the camera and the deals he helps facilitate behind closed doors are by design and done with a purpose.
Oddly enough, some of the same critics who questioned the Jets organization for bringing in players with “questionable” character (such Braylon Edwards, Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes) and players who were thought to be passed their prime (i.e., LaDainian Tomlinson) are now praising the decision-making of Rex Ryan, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson.
Defensive end Trevor Pryce, who played for Ryan in Baltimore, said it's not hard to understand the method to Rex’s madness. He’s a coach who knows what he wants:
Players who have beaten him.
“If you’ve beaten him before, he wants you,” said Pryce. “If you can’t beat’em, put’em on your team. ...He has in his mind what a football team is supposed to be and what kind of parts and pieces you need for a football team and the personalities. Like, I have a very specific role. I’m not supposed to do everything, I’m supposed to do this. LT has a specific role. So we’re like mercenaries in that respect.”
There’s probably 15 or 20 guys that Pryce said he knows "for a fact" Ryan wants. And when they're eventually discarded by their current team, the Jets head coach will be there, ready to lure them to Florham Park, N.J.
"They’ll all be here," said Pryce. "One way or another.”
As the saying goes: Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Case in point: Santonio Holmes, who the Steelers parted ways with in the offseason after several off-the-field incidents.
“How could someone NOT want a Super Bowl MVP,” Pryce asked. “I don’t understand that.”
Case in point: LaDainian Tomlinson.
“Every team should have been bidding on his services,” Pryce said of the running back, whose career has been revived since joining the Jets. “And I don’t care who you’re running back is. The type of guy he is, the type of player he is, you just don’t let people like that go.”