Rex Ryan has a problem. His offense isn’t fun enough.
“I would like to see us more enthusiastic,” Ryan said. “On defense if a guy makes a play, 50 guys are running in from the sideline going crazy. I want the same kind of enthusiasm, and Tony talked about it [yesterday] to the offense. Chaz Schilens had an unbelievable catch and one guy goes over and gives him a high-five. This is a game and it’s football and it’s fun.”
The offense showed a little more spunk in yesterday’s practice, possibly because fans were permitted to watch practice for the first time. The offense has spent the spring trying to learn Sparano’s offense and looks a bit tighter than the defense.
Maybe this is some gripping evidence to the reason why I became a blogger, but if there’s one thing that I hate, it’s when people try to manufacture ‘fun.’
Hey guys!!! Let’s have fun!!!! Isn’t this sooooo fun?!? Wheee!!! Aren’t we having fun talking about the fun that we’re currently having?!?!
I have a suggestion. Maybe Ryan needs to get Adam Sandler to come to practice?
Alas … I couldn’t find an Adam Sandler gibberish supercut, so please enjoy this Adam Sandler freakout supercut in it’s stead (NSFW language).
Either fun is being had, or it’s not. Either the offensive players are fun, or they aren’t. I get that Ryan wants his guys to enjoy themselves, I respect that Ryan wants them to embrace the game they played for the pure joy of it as kids, but I just wonder about forcing something if it’s not there. The offense was a black cloud for the Jets last year and maybe for that reason Ryan is trying to bring some levity to the group. But maybe that’s overcompensating?
As far as we’ve been told, last year’s issues are just that, so why try to add a veneer to something that Ryan admitted he didn’t have a good “pulse” of last season? I think there’s two schools of thought here. First, that the offense should be whatever it will be so that Ryan plainly knows what he’s dealing with and face it head-on. Second, that Ryan is trying to plot a course now and set the tone for the group to mitigate any serious issues down the road by taking smaller corrective actions as they come up. If that means forcing some stuff now, better he do that than deal with large fallouts later.