The son of Oklahoman and NFL coaching icon Buddy Ryan, Rex was born in Ardmore, played football at Southwestern State University and transformed the OU defense as coordinator in 1998. Now Rex is a successful NFL head coach himself, taking the New York Jets to the 2009 AFC title game in his first season. Ryan is a lightning rod figure, with his bluster and bravado, and since the end of the season, he’s twice made news, once for an obscene gesture at a Mixed Martial Arts fight in Miami and again at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game, where he was booed for wearing a Philadelphia Flyers jersey and then played along by donning a Hurricanes shirt. I appreciate everybody’s interest in making sure that I was still in the papers and all those other things — the video. The problem that happened with that wardrobe. I was at the hockey game — and I would like to say USA, let’s go take care of business, really proud of the way they are playing — but what happened, I thought I had the fighting strap attached to the T-shirt. Apparently I didn’t. Big mistake. But I appreciate everybody having such a special interest in that. Unfortunately we can’t jump right back into that AFC Championship Game. We are at 0-0 like everybody else. You have to earn your right to get back to where we were. And you look at our division with New England and Miami and Buffalo. I know Miami will be ticked because I never put them on top, but uh, really don’t care. But I can promise you one thing, we are coming after each and every one of those teams with guns a blazing. So get ready and strap it up tight, because here we come. That is the way we play football and that is the way we will continue to play football. I enjoy watching the (Combine) drills, just to see how the guys move and change of direction. You are watching an offensive lineman run a 40 and it’s like, ‘ooh! He made it!’ But you can see a guy, can he bend at his ankles, knees and hips. And the lateral quickness and things like that is what you really look for. And then obviously the interviews are important. They set it up where you are viewing the young man’s tape with him and we have him explain what the play is, what the defensive front is that they are looking at, what the combination schemes. We try to find out what they know. It is funny, you will have some young men that are just unbelievable. And then you have some guys that, whoa, he knows what he is doing which is good. But you may have a little more work there. You have 15 minutes, but you can learn a lot in those 15 minutes. Absolutely, I was surprised (at the notoriety). I am watching ESPN and I’m like, ‘Ooooh! That is not a real good shot.’ That is kind of crazy. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I get hit on all the time by women. But nah, it is kind of funny. That is part of the deal, especially in New York. You get the New York media, but it is the greatest city in the world. All last year I used to go into New York all the time. Nobody recognized me or anything else. I guess they assumed the head coach of the Jets wouldn’t be wearing a throwback or something. But that is just who I am. It is not going to change. I am going to be who I am and I am still going to take the train into the city and all that kind of stuff and I am still going to go to sporting events even though it seems like I mess up all the time. But I am going to be who I am and be true to myself and that is the way it is going to be as long as I am a coach. Regardless of the circumstances (in Miami), I made a mistake and I realized that. I have made a bunch of mistakes in my life. There is no question about it. Just add that to a big list. But I have to take responsibility for my own actions and I have to make sure I am doing the right things. I will learn from it. I am no Boy Scout and don’t pretend to be. But I am certainly trying to mature a little bit more.