Great interview yesterday between Rex and Mike Francesa. Right off the bat, I could tell a difference in Mike's attitude towards Rex whether he was told to do that under Fox management or whether he's loosening up a bit on good old Rex.
To the point however, Rex spoke about whether he has less power under Idzik than with Tanny. He said something really interesting. It was that in his opinion all team announcements and everything Jets was reported by Rex and nobody else. He was, in effect, the voice and spokesperson for the team which made it seem like he was making all the decisions. Of course, in reality, he never made all decisions. Under Idzik, he claims to have the same amount of power, it's just that there is a different policy on when Rex speaks to the press and what he says. I believe him. He's a bad liar thankfully.
Rex openly says that his primary focus will be on the defense and he appreciates having that luxury. The Jets are certainly a team with a unique chain of management and responsibility. I like it. Rex IS the head coach and he will contribute to all things Jets football, but time allocation will be primarily on defense, M-weg on offense and above it all, Idzik will maintain order from the top.
Another topic was does Rex fully stand by Geno Smith? In other words, is Geno the starter unless the wheels fall off? Yes, Rex does stand by Geno but the best man will take the job. His final point on this is that he believes Geno will give Vick all he can handle in the competition and it wont be a landslide no matter who the winner. That could have a bad effect however....if they both play well, the loser will be a bit bitter as in his mind, he should have won the job. Now that part is my opinion. It's how it always goes down
Moving on, there was a discussion on the secondary. Rex believes, of course, that the secondary will be just fine. Now, that's his strongest point of coaching so I am sure it will be fine. My thought on this is that our secondary has to be better. Though there is a risk of an unproven CB position, they are bringing non diva types that put team first. Young bloods that will play hard and listen. One thing I noticed was that when Rex is asked about the secondary he usually mentions the linebackers. Interesting to me as it seems he looks at the linebackers as hybrid types. Part of the defensive front and part of the defensive secondary.
Rex made a great comment about the character of the team. He said that this team will have players of great talent, but equally as important...players of great character. This just confirms why they would not want to bring back Cromartie and Revis. Revis, although he is a model citizen, brings so much focus to himself with his endless hold outs and constant contract negotiations. We don't want guys like that and I'm fine with it.
So there it is. I thought it was a great interview and it just pumped me up further!!!!!!!!
Here is the podcast if you want to listen...should be 3rd one down