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I liked this book
on October 8, 2015
I heard about it on the website football outsiders (advanced analytics) and gave it a shot. I liked this book, at times I found it wordy and thought there was room for editing. I was surprised I liked it because I don't like the Jets, didn't like the Jets before or after Rex Ryan was their coach and I've always found their team name and uniforms kind of stupid along with the branding phrase of "play like a Jet". Anyways it made me actually like Rex Ryan which was surprising because I've always thought of him as a fat loud mouth, but the respect he gave the coaches he employed made him someone you should hope to work for. It re-affirmed what I thought of Pettine in that he was smart and reserved, that Schottenheimer was too smart/ full of his system for his own good. Sanchez comes off as what he is and that is someone more into commentary, and making jokes and it made you understand why he hasn't put it altogether. But the biggest part for me was understanding the culture of how coaches could consistently over look players social deficiency for their performance on the football field.
1) The sport is violent and the coaches were always looking for players who excelled at violence (I think I remember the author saying the coaches cheered the CB Jimmy Smith because they thought he used to be in a gang, but it turned out Jimmy was afraid of guns, which I am also).
2) They work insane hours during the season not knowing if they will last past the year which has to put winning above all else for them because they don't know if they have a job beyond tomorrow unless they have a team that performs on the football field. That a lot of coaches basically throw their whole personal lives/ marriages/ parenting out the window to try to get a winning team.
In the end thought a lot of players have checkered pasts or grew up in s***ty situations and football is how they deal with it. And for the majority part of it, a lot of players do a good job with it or at least on this Jets team.