Bulletin board material drives Ryan, Jets
There is the school of thought that in professional sports, that disparaging and critical comments don't drive players and teams and give them extra motivation.
The New York Jets and Coach Rex Ryan don't attend that school.
Ryan freely admitted to the New York Post that he seeks out comments that might be of motivational use to him.
“I do it to drive me,” Ryan said. “I’ve been doubted all my life. That’s part of the thing that drives me. I take it as a personal challenge. People who don’t follow the team on a day-to-day basis, maybe they’re in the national media, when they make comments about this team that really drives me. They don’t even follow us and they’re popping off."
Ryan, of course, is hopeful that the perceived additional motivation will also filter down to his players, which will allow them to wear a chip in his shoulders. Earlier in the week, guard Matt Slauson said, the Jets were the "outlaws of the NFL," the team that people love to hate because of Ryan and the Jets' bravado.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com