Rex Ryan Rips Jets HC Robert Salah: “Don’t Ever Compare Me To This Guy”

Rex Ryan has never been shy to share his opinion.

The former New York Jets coach went on ESPN Radio and blasted the performance of the current New York Jets head coach, Robert Salah after the team’s 45-17 loss on Sunday to the Buffalo Bills.

“This is a horrendous defense,” Ryan said on the DiPietro and Rothenberg show. “This guy is supposed to be a defensive guru. I heard everything, and I take it personal on this one. Everything I heard was about ‘Well, this guy is a lot like myself but without the bad part.’ Yeah? Well, some of the bad part you need because this team doesn’t play with any damn heart. That’s the thing that’s disappointing to me. Don’t ever compare this guy to me, this Robert Saleh to me.”

Here’s the full audio:


The Jets defense has been a joke this season and in particular the last four games. The team has allowed opponents to gain 1,890 yards over that span, which is the most ever allowed in franchise history over a four-game stretch. The Jets have also allowed 175 points over that stretch, which is the second most by any team since the merger (1970). They are also the first team since the 1966 Giants to allow 45 points or more in three of four games.

When you factor in that Robert Salah was a defensive coordinator before becoming a head coach, this is pretty alarming to see a defensive mind struggle this much.