Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

A “tantrum” by Rex Ryan helped get Revis deal done

We suggested a few times last month that all the Darrelle Revis drama was part of a process that would wind up with a deal just before the season started.

The only information we had in this prediction was logic. Part of that logic was that the Jets -- especially Rex Ryan -- would get increasingly anxious about Revis’ status once Week One neared.

Rex Ryan proved how important Revis was to the team by visiting him in Florida Saturday night. Ryan also admitted to throwing a “tantrum” at the Jets facility on Sunday when a deal didn’t look like it was going to happen.

“It was like a boyfriend and girlfriend but the parents won’t let you get together,” Ryan said. “That was kind of how I felt. He wanted to play, I wanted him to play, but for some reason it wasn’t happening.”

With that kind of pressure from the head coach, the men handling the money (G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson) were bound to compromise. Ryan engenders loyalty in his players by seeing the very best in them. Revis is his best player.

“Everybody’s got a piece of that puzzle,” Ryan said. “Darrelle’s just happens to be much larger.”

And that’s why it’s no surprise the Jets found a way to get Revis on the field for the start of the most anticipated, pressure-packed Jets season since Johnson bought the team.