“The fact that he didn’t bring his guys with him hurts,” Scott said. “When he came to New York he brought [me], Jim Leonhard, Marques Douglas, guys that have been in his system and understand his message and were able to push that message to the rest of the team during hard times. Right now, there’s nobody to stand up for him in the locker room because they don’t have that kind of history and know where he’s coming from and [what] his vision for the team is.”
Scott has a point. When he left the Ravens to become the head coach of the Jets, Ryan brought a few players with him that knew his system. The only defensive player that Ryan had on the roster for the majority of 2015 from the NY Jets was I.K. Enemkpali.
Perhaps this explains the recent additions to Buffalo’s coaching staff. Besides Rex, no other coach knows the ins and outs of the system than Rob Ryan, the new Assistant head coach/Defense. Ed Reed, an assistant defensive backs coach, played under Rex with the Ravens and the Jets. It's not quite the same as adding players, but Ryan is clearly bringing in people who know his system.
In free agency, Ryan could try to nab some Jets defenders. Players such as Damon Harrison, DeMario Davis and possibly Calvin Pace are names to remember in free agency. These are players who would not break the bank in free agency and all three players would see time on the field in Buffalo. They'd certainly be leaned upon as players who understand Ryan's playcalling.
Ryan has already added a few coaches with in-depth knowledge of his system. Now, perhaps a few former Jets will come Buffalo's way in free agency. As the saying goes, "If you can't beat them, join them."null