Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis likes the old/new Ryan, who has followed through on his promise to take a more hands-on role with the Jets in order to get players refocused and recommitted to each other after an 8-8 season marred by locker-room dysfunction.
"It's good to see your head coach being involved, at least just putting his two cents in," Revis told The Star-Ledger during a charity event Monday. "You just hear his voice every now and then in the meeting room, so I think it is good."
Ryan admitted in January he "lost the pulse" of the Jets, but Revis didn't blame the head coach for what transpired in 2011 nor for expecting his assistant coaches and players to repair any problems.
"We tried to address it earlier through the players and it didn't work," Revis said. "He was blind from it, because he thought it was over, and at the tail end all this other stuff started coming out. I think that's why he's coming around more, to be more involved in what's going on and what everybody's doing and just talking to guys and making sure we're sound as a team."
It's not like the bitter rivalry between the Jets and New England Patriots needs more fuel, but Revis provided it anyway last week when he said Patriots coach Bill Belichick disrespected the Jets with comments after the Patriots' 37-16 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium in November.
The New York Post reported Belichick walked off the field with his son after the win and said "Thirty-seven points on the best defense in the league" before uttering a vulgar expression.
"When you make it personal, when you say things that are personal why go there?" Revis told reporters. "When you are talking about having a better defense, OK. But when you say they can suck ... or whatever.
"It's a sport. Hey, we shook your hands after the game. Then it gets too personal, without anything said from our side. They can feel they are better than us, just don't get personal."