New York Jets coach Rex Ryan wanted to bring Darrelle Revis back to New York, and then watched Revis leave for New England. Ryan then wanted to sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and then he signed with the cross-town Giants.
"Rex is pissed," one friend of Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Ryan's annoyance is less interesting to us than the reality that this kind of story is leaking to the New York media. Mehta's colleague Gary Myers wrote a long piece last week explaining how owner Woody Johnson and general manager John Idzik didn't want to bring Revis back.
In fairness to Idzik, the Jets have made mistakes on contracts in the past when they acted emotionally or did the "popular" move. The Jets had Rodgers-Cromartie in their building before his visit with the Giants, but the Jets apparently didn't value him enough.
The contrast between Ryan and Idzik, meanwhile, could continue to play out in the media despite last season's oddly happy ending. Idzik is thinking long term. Ryan needs to win this season to keep his job, and he doesn't have the players to pull it off.