Ex-Jets coach Rex Ryan is a big fan of what his former did this week, and he said he thinks Gang Green could be heading back to the playoffs for the first time since he led them there in 2010.
“I think so,” Ryan said of the Jets being a playoff team. “With these kind of players, oh my God. If they don’t, it will be a disappointment. They’re all in. [General manager Mike] Maccagnan is doing a good job here because he’s all in, and he better be. These are moves you can’t argue with.”
Ryan loved the signing of Le’Veon Bell, but he was equally effusive about the team adding linebacker C.J. Mosley.
“They have a real linebacker now,” Ryan said. “The one kid [Darron Lee] is soft as Charmin, but I think he’ll even play tougher with this guy. This guy is a great pro, studies the game, loves the game. That’s what that defense needs.”
Ryan, who led the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010, sounded jealous of new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
“Man, oh, man, he ought to pay the Jets to coach that defense,” Ryan said.
Ryan believes third-year safety Jamal Adams is going to benefit from the addition of Mosley.
“I love that Adams kid,” Ryan said. “The funny thing is C.J. Mosley is coming in thinking it’s going to be his defense. No, it’s going to be Adams’ defense. This guy is going to be his Robin — you know Batman and Robin. They’re going to be phenomenal together.”
Ryan also loves Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and believes the Jets should draft him with the third-overall pick.
“Obviously, they’re going to draft the D-lineman out of Alabama if he’s there, or somebody like that,” Ryan said. “It’s going to be sick how good they’re going to be.”
Ryan said he believes Jets coach Adam Gase and Browns coach Freddie Kitchens can make the playoffs in their first years on the job with the moves their teams made this week.
“They died and went to heaven,” said Ryan, who now works for ESPN. “They have a great chance to go to the playoffs, both teams.”