Rex could have been a Raider


If the Jets take out the Colts and Peyton Manning over the next few hours, get ready for a solid two weeks of Rex Ryan mania.

It’s worth remembering that when the Bill Callahan regime was ushered out following the 2003 season in favor of (eventually) Norv Turner, the first candidate for defensive coordinator was Rex Ryan, then the linebackers coach of the Ravens.

Baltimore, however, declined permission because Ryan was under contract, as was their right. So instead, the Raiders turned to Rex’s twin brother Rob, who coached outside linebackers with the New England Patriots. Rob was hired.

“It’s about time a Ryan joined this organization,” Rob said at the time.

Judging from the way the Raiders were pushed around on defense under Rob for six years, you could make the case they got the wrong one.

Or that Rex, who eventually ascended to defensive coordinator in Baltimore, isn’t all that much different than Rob except for having the Ravens’ superior personnel.

Considering the job Rex has done with the Jets this season, with defensive schemes that are his, it looks like he’s just a damn good coach.

Even with that, there are too many pundits who are taking the Jets in this game _ more than you’d think for a 9-7 team that got into the playoffs in large part because the last two opponents were already there and weren’t exactly motivated. And because Nate Kaeding missed three field goals.

Sure, it would be fitting for the Colts to be eliminated by the same team it let into the playoffs by going in the tank to protect their personnel.

But I see it as a Colts win, and I like the the home team (New Orleans) in the second game as well.

We’ll start to find out in less than 20 minutes.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • A QB controversy is when you have two good QBs. Russell and Tebow are more like the special olympics than a QB controversy.

  • Al is crazy, Tebow might go off the deep end with his religion, and Al would be the only crazy enough fckr to listen and buy into it all.

    Who knows what Tebow might say. If you ask him about going to Oakland, I’m sure he’d cite some religious virtue and spin it wonderfully. Al might think Tebow is some type of Raider Resurrection.

    I would pay money to watch Al and Tebow in room together alone. High comedy.

  • #2 is definitely our most durable QB thats 4 sure.I stated on a post awhile back that Tebow is 6′-5″ but he is really 6-3.and he weighs around 238 so Tebow is a tough kid also.But as Vegas said if he’s there in the 2nd you really would have to think.This is a real footballer,imo,a real footballer.But I still want DT’s this year

  • Whatever they BOTH cried spin it how you want to

  • # Seymour Bush Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I don’t know, I thought Darren McFumblor looked a lot like Adrian Peterson yesterday. How many times did AP cough it up yesterday? Five?
    See? This is why you come across as stupid, pathetic, and ignorant, OakGlenny.
    5 different players fumbled on the Vikings, moron.
    AP had two fumbles.
    You would know that if you paid attention.
    Aren’t weren’t so slow…

    Hey??? How did that Crabtree prediction work out for ya?

  • M Lonetree

    Wherever Tim Tebowski (you just know that someone at Ellis Island screwed up the ancestral name during processing) ends up, please send Darren McFruitfulandmultiply to that team.

  • # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    To be honest, 4evaRaider, as bad as Russell is, I think he’s a better NFL QB than Tebow would be. Tebow would get snapped in half in this offense.
    You meant “more fragile”, right?

    Now, if you want to say Russell “might” be better than a backup? Maybe..but facts are the last two years Russell is dead last of starting qb’s.
    How could Tebow possible be worse than dead last?

  • Vegas, Tebow wouldn’t be the first bible freak to come through Oakland. Napolean Kaufman was one.

  • QB controversy is only when you have two good qb’s?

    Actually, you can still have that same controversy when both qb’s fighting for the job, sucks.
    It’s just then no one really cares who wins..

  • Richochet, Russell, more fragile than Tebow? Russell was the only QB healthy to play on our roster because the others were too fragile for our door mat O line. Tebow might be better than Russell in every category but durability is not one of them. When an asteroid hits the planet it’s going to be the cockroaches and Russell.

  • # Dakota Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I got ya BigB!

    Hey, I wouldn’t want Tebow on the team for the simple fact that he is a cry baby.
    Oh stop, lol.
    Remember when that guy pawned you that Rolex?
    Fake insides?

    Remember those tears?

    New era…now it’s “he cried man tears” 😉

  • So, in order for it to be a controversy, people have to care, right? That’s what I meant. We’ve always had guys fighting for the QB spot, and the media payed it no mind, because both quarterbacks sucked anyway. Let’s say if we’d drafted Tom Brady while Gannon was here, and Brady came in and cleaned house in a game where Gannon was hurt. That would be a QB controversy. Russell and Tebow is the battle of the draft busts. Might as well add Leaf, for good measure.

  • # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Vegas, Tebow wouldn’t be the first bible freak to come through Oakland. Napolean Kaufman was one.

    Actually Nap was some what of a thug until Albert Lewis turned him on to Jesus.

  • RMM..go read my post..that’s what I said.

    That Tebow is more fragile than Russell..not that Russell is a “better qb”.

  • Yeah..like the “Josh/Culp” controversy.

    Everyone was like “who cares”?

  • Favre might retire….Minnesota might pick Tebow in the 1st and reunite him with Harvin

  • Got ya, Richochet. I think Tebow can throw a mean screen pass.

  • Sanchez flirted his way into being a top 5 pick last year. Tebow will be whoring himself out to the media just the same and someone is going to buy into it and take him in late in the first round.

  • 4evaRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Favre might retire…
    That’s right up there with check is in the mail and I won’t cum in your mouth

  • Tebow’s perfect in Minnesota. He can hand the ball off to Peterson better than anyone.

  • Tebow= Steve Young

  • Vegas, Sanchez hasn’t earned his top billing? Jesus Christ, man, what more can you ask of a rookie quarterback than what he did this year? 9-7 and a wild card exit would have been a good season for him. What he did was flat out remarkable.

  • Tebow= Jim Drunkenmiller

  • The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 4:16 pm
    Tebow’s perfect in Minnesota. He can hand the ball off to Peterson better than anyone.
    And Peterson would still drop it! LMFAO. Farve would have been playing in the lead instead of from behind.
    Farve didn’t cost the Vikings the game, Peterson with his fumbling did.

  • That 12 men penalty cost the game, and that’s more on Childress than anyone. Childress with all of his mindless yapping, trying to prove to Favre he’s in charge. F’k him.

  • Sanchez’s success is only going to increase Tebow’s stock value.

  • Why? Sanchez actually threw the ball in college.

  • Minnesota’s biggest mistake was giving Childress a 3 yr. extension. Manning said he changed the plays at the line yesterday from run to pass and implied his coach did not have a fit. Aimed at Childress.

  • # Florida Pete Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Richochet Says:
    January 25th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Don’t sell yourself short, Petey.
    Of course you have a purpose.
    I need my lawn mowed.
    You mow lawns.
    Win win situation.


    strap-on… we had this conversation before…

    get one of your butt-buddies to do it…

    oh… and don’t forget your helmet…
    Awwww…Petey??? What’s the matter, pumpkin?
    You all frazzled that you got exposed as being ‘slow’?
    Did you expect a different ending?

    Ok..I’ll lighten up on your occupation. Didn’t know you were so sensitive about it.

    Tell you what. Instead why don’t you enlighten us on your comment about how NO ONE fires a manager unless they’ve already hired one to replace them in advance.

  • That penalty was sickening. F’n game was over.

  • VanHeathen

    JR = Jim Drukenmiller…

  • Hate to do it, but the suits are in town, and at 5 I’m having dinner, cocktails and an ass-chewing.

    I’ll pick it up later

  • Anyway, as Vegas has been saying all year it’s a QB league now and the teams that have the best QB’s would win.Well Vegas is correct and the stats bear this out.Brees finished 1st in the nfl in TD passes and Completion %’s….P.Manning finished 2nd in both those catagories…..

    Which is why I amj sold on Gradkowski….He led the Nation on Completion %’s as a senior and I know he can do it at this level….he just needs the playing time,imo

  • Alright, Vegas. We’re having a safety meeting at my work. Too many people burning themselves on the friar.

  • M Lonetree


    I completely agree.

    Someone I was talking with today was grumbling about the Favre intercept late in the 4th.

    I told ’em the Old man would never have been in that situation if it weren’t for the upchucking of Adrian and Percy.

    And the Childress thing. Zygi will be paying that contract long after Brad becomes jetsam.