Rex Ryan Does Full 180 on Jets’ Robert Saleh After Private Phone Call

Robert Saleh, Rex Ryan

Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh and analyst Rex Ryan finally made up after all their beef.

One week Rex Ryan didn’t want to be compared to New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh and then another they’re best buds.

So is life in the National Football League where things are constantly in a state of flux.

The former Jets head coach called out Saleh for his team’s lack of heart, questioned his defensive prowess, and openly questioned the direction of the franchise in a scathing interview.

Saleh responded when asked about the comments and said if the issues were so personal to Ryan “he knows where to find me”, seemingly stoking the flames of the future cage match.

Now after all that hatred, there was nothing but love over the weekend.

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The Apology Tour Was in Full Effect

After all that hoopla back and forth, Rex Ryan cleared the air on Sunday NFL Countdown saying the two hashed it out:

“I have to tell y’all something, I was blown away by the guy. Saleh was super smart and he has a direction for this football team. I’m telling you Jets fans, the more I talked to him the more impressed I was with him. I have now become a fan of his. Taking my call speaks volumes about him. We put all that stuff behind us. I think they got the hire right.”

That was the fastest backpedal I’ve seen since Ryan was coaching the defensive backs with the Jets. It was a complete 180 turnaround from his initial comments.

I will say this, Ryan’s job in the media is to be loud, bold, and interesting. That is why he gets paid so much money. Saleh’s job is to coach this football team and try to win as many games as possible.

It is great to hear that the two were able to clear the air and they’re now clearly on the same page.

So You’re Saying There’s a Plan?

On Monday afternoon after the sting of another loss dissipated, Saleh was asked about the latest comments from Ryan and he revealed a tad bit more info:

“I’ll keep that conversation between us private, but I can see why so many people speak glowingly of him. Ryan actually has a really good heart and it was good to have that conversation. It was already behind me in the beginning, but kudos to him for showing his character.”

Ryan is the last spitting image of the golden era for the Jets when they went to back-to-back AFC Championship games. That is also the last time the green and white were in the playoffs.

Everyone wants them to get back to it and there is a lot of positivity and optimism that Saleh is the right guy to get them there.

Saleh also had another viral moment during his Monday presser when he talked about that plan. He took a shot at some of the previous regimes, gave a backhanded compliment to Jets fans, and ruffled some feathers in the process:

“I respect the heck out of the urgency from Jets fans but in fairness, this is the first time this fanbase has actually experienced something like this. Usually, it has been a quick fix, followed by a scramble, this is an actual plan. While frustrating today, it is going to be awesome when it gets flipped.”

After hearing that I’m not sure whether to feel insulted or inspired or perhaps a little bit of both but I digress.

For a fan base that hasn’t tasted the postseason for what is likely to be 11 straight seasons, you can understand the mounting frustration.

On the other side of the coin, clearly, Saleh isn’t responsible for all that ineptitude, but he is trying to maintain the best interest of the franchise. Ultimately the proof will be in the pudding, if you win games it won’t matter, if you’re unable to, soon enough he’ll be out of a job.

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