Mason: Ravens wanted Rex Ryan as coach

Rex Ryan has certainly made a name for himself since becoming coach of the New York Jets.

His bravado and boastful style have been quite the hit on Broadway, and that, combined with the Jets recent success, have helped to make the franchise relevant again.

Ryan came from the Baltimore Ravens, where he served as defensive coordinator under Brian Billick. But he was not given the opportunity to become head coach there once Billick was fired. Owner Stephen Bisciotti instead chose John Harbaugh, who has had his own measure of success.

But wide receiver Derrick Mason, then a Raven and now a Jet, told the New York Post that Baltimore players were disappointed when Ryan was not given the opportunity to be their head coach.

"Everybody loved him throughout that football team," Mason said. "I don't think there was one guy who didn't enjoy Rex. You had a bunch of offensive guys that loved him. Those are things you don't get in other places where the defensive coordinator is liked by the offensive guys."

But those friendships and feelings will be placed on hold this Sunday night when the Jets and Ravens go against each other. Still, it's fun to wonder what might have been.

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