"I heard how he was perceiving me before the 2008] draft, before he knew me, and I was the same way -- I wasn't hoping for him to be [my] first coach of the [Jets when I was there, either," said Gholston, who was picked sixth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft when Eric Mangini was still coaching the Jets.
On Tuesday, Ryan admitted that he may have indeed pre-judged Gholston.
"I would've liked to have Vernon back… he was getting better," Ryan said. "He wasn't going to be the next Deacon Jones, no, (but) he has the right to feel that way."
Ryan took a few shots at Gholston in his book, "Play Like You Mean It," according to ESPN. "He's a good athlete and a smart guy," Ryan wrote, "but I thought he was a phony."
"Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more (of a chance)," said Gholston.
"Rex made a comment to me when he first came in that he thought I wasn't liked by the guys on the team, then once he got there he saw that wasn't the case," Gholston said. "Those perceptions kind of determine the outcome, and it's sad to say."
"Whenever you have a new coach, you hope everything's fair," Gholston said. "But obviously, he was in Baltimore for a number of years and has a passion for those guys."
Despite his lack of production, Gholston expressed optimism about his NFL career.