In the City of New York, where football is coveted and the fans are about as passionate as anywhere else, there is a tale of two coaches: Rex Ryan and Tom Coughlin. Both under different microscopes, but not really — one has been more successful than the other. Well, maybe!
In East Rutherford two teams play under the same lights: the New York Jets and the New York Giants. One coach, Rex Ryan, has guaranteed two super bowl victories but has failed to deliver on one while the other coach, Tom Coughlin, has brought home two Lombardi Trophies.
Why do I bring this up?
Simply because Tom Coughlin seems to be getting fired by the media on a weekly basis and Rex Ryan seems to be getting excused because of ownership and personnel. Since the 2009 season, the New York Giants and New York Jets have identical records; including the four games this season, both teams are 36-32 in the win and loss column.
Tom Coughlin and the Giants have delivered a super bowl victory once in this span of a four-year term, but failed to make the playoffs the rest of the time. Rex Ryan and the Jets have lost two AFC Championship games in his first two seasons, but did not even come close to the playoffs the last two seasons.
Is it because the New York Giants have more of a historic past and are held to a higher standard? Is it because Rex Ryan seems to relate to the New York way of life by being bold and brash? Is it because Tom Coughlin is quiet and does not guarantee anything?
Only time will tell what will happen to these two coaches in New York, but the start of the season has not been pretty for Tom Coughlin, and Rex Ryan’s Jets are on a roller coaster ride with Geno Smith.
Tom Coughlin has brought history and recent success back into the equation when it relates to the Giants, but Rex Ryan has brought a certain swag and personality to the Jets, but will both be around after the 2013 season?
Nobody knows but the owners.