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Rex Ryan Isn’t Like Other Coaches

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Remember the glory that was Rex Ryan in 2010? He got the Jets within one win of the Super Bowl, he was DAMN FUNNY on Hard Knocks, only a select few had yet seen his wife's feet, and he was basically LARGE AND IN CHARGE. Maybe he needs to gain back some weight?

probably not a good idea on the weight gain...

But he was so much less angry when he was 345 pounds.

Between bad choices and injuries the Jets went from contenders to worst in just 2 years:

Ryan, in fact, does see football more acutely than other people. Five years ago, he took routine psychological tests and learned that he is dyslexic. The tests also revealed surprising abilities. Ryan can watch football in real time and grasp what all 22 people are doing. “I can see the whole field,” he says. “I don’t know why. Most coaches can see two or three guys. When they tested me, my creative thing was the highest ever tested, and so was my problem solving. But I can’t spell! But creative problem solving, that’s what a coach is.”

Ryan says he is most drawn to unlikely athletes, to players taken in the last rounds of the draft or not drafted at all, denizens of practice squads and the waiver wire, misfits and afterthoughts: “I like small-college guys, guys from historically black colleges. Big-school guys may be maxed out. Small-college guys haven’t had the coaching. If he’s tough, he can get better.”