The clock continues to tick on the Darrelle Revis training camp holdout. Thursday’s morning session brought torrential rain – buckets of it -- but no sign of Revis. Jets head coach Rex Ryan said there are no updates on Revis’ holdout.
As time continues to pass further issues regarding the holdout are delved into here in Cortland as a resolution doesn’t appear imminent. Thursday served up some of Ryan’s deepest comments on his past experience with similar holdout situations and how exactly he is handling the holdout with his contrasting coaching and management roles -- by acting in the same manner, whether coaching or managing, as he always does.
"I'm just going to be myself," Ryan said. "I have stated all along the kind of player I think Darrelle is."
Thursday morning was Rex’s turn to analyze a little. Not much, but a little. And per the usual, Ryan wasn’t afraid to talk. Neither was Joe Namath, as the Jet legend visited camp for the first time Thursday.
“After talking with some important people I have been with, I am really confident he will be here," Namath said.
Ryan spoke on Thursday about the difficulty in wanting Revis back out there on the field as a coach, but also understanding the management role he also has and looking at the holdout through that lens as well. He touched slightly on how each role pulls and tugs at the other.
He also shed light on his past holdout experiences. Two Super Bowl championship teams were mentioned. But both situations turned out drastically differently, as Ryan brought up the name Tony Siragusa (former Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman) and the 1984 Super Bowl champion Bears.
“Tony Siragusa held out all the way till the last week all the way till we played Pittsbrgh, and that worked out pretty well for us,” Ryan said. “I’ve also seen it where two individuals held out the whole season and missed the opportunity to win a super bowl in Todd Bell and Al Harris, two defensive starters in ‘84 for the Bears. They missed out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’ve seen that thing work out like that."
Towards the end of his take on Revis, Ryan summed up the natural element of the overlapping of his own roles, by also overlapping his own sentences. With one sentence it was the same old story of Ryan wanting those negotiating the holdout – who he referred to as both sides, Revis and management included -- remaining 'happy with it working out.' "
But with another sentence he made a clear indication that he is part of another side as well. The side which is not included in the negotiations – the other players that he is leading on the SUNY Cortland football field each day, and alluded to as “The New York Jets”.
And he and those players, no matter what his other management role is, need Revis. Ryan may be fumbling around words. But he is not mincing them.
Said Ryan: “Hopefully it works out in the end that both sides are happy.
“And The New York Jets are happy. You know. That’s what needs to happen.”