Rex Ryan watched in horror as his Jets buckled under the spotlight late last season en route to missing the playoffs.
In an attempt to decrease the attention on his team, Ryan is not interested in New York making another appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks.
According to FoxSports.com, Ryan does not want to participate in another season of the reality series, which is in contrast with Jets owner Woody Johnson’s wishes.
The Jets appeared in the 2010 edition of Hard Knocks and reached the AFC title game before falling to Pittsburgh.
However, after underachieving last season; the drama surrounding Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes; and the addition of Tim Tebow, it appears Ryan wants to remove the spotlight from his team as much as possible.
Owner Woody Johnson doesn’t share Ryan’s sentiments but perhaps, he should cede to the wishes of his head coach.
Finally, it appears Ryan is less concerned with the sizzle around his Jets and more worried about keeping a lower profile.
The Tebow addition undermines that theory but it’s clear that Ryan feels he handled things incorrectly last season.
It is impossible for this Jets group to be under the radar in the New York market, but attempting to temper matters might help.