Ryan: 'I'm sure there are things I'd do differently'

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Ryan: 'I'm sure there are things I'd do differently'

FOXBORO - During three-plus seasons as head coach of the New York Jets, it's become clear Rex Ryan has no filter.

That's been tremendous for consumers and people covering the league because Ryan provides storylines.

But Ryan's mouth and the fallout from what falls out of it hasn't helped his team win. The tire-pumping and chest-pumping and "I can lick any man in the place!" bravado has been an impediment to success.

The Jets' declining win totals since the bloom came off his rose in New York and the circus atmosphere around the team are proof. Further proof is that Ryan himself has tried to tamp down his mouth.

This week, he made mention of the fact he would not be "tweaking" the Patriots leading into the game.

I asked him if he looks back on his Jets tenure and regretted being so loose-lipped.

"Yeah, I dont know," Ryan began. "I mentioned that about the guarantee and all that stuff when I was guaranteeing a Super Bowl, but at the time, thats really what I felt. Then when free agency came (after the 2011 labor strife was resolved) and 17 of our players were free agents when the new CBA was announced, that was probably not the smartest thing to say at the time. Id said it before. But, I really thought if we had the same team back, why wouldnt we think that? We got to the conference championship game. But, either way, Im sure there (are things he wishes he hadn't said)."

Every assistant coach, as he climbs the ladder, thinks to himself, "If I'm ever in charge, I'll do this..."

Ryan clearly committed to making things fun, to being glib, to being transparent. But he acknowledged that he's finding things to be different than he imagined at times.

"I came in the league and I have a ton of experience around football," Ryan explained. "Ive been around football my entire life but I never really sat as a head coach before so its a learning experience, no question. Im sure there are things I would do differently, but that specifically? I dont know. At the end of the day, I think the most important thing a the end of the day is that you are who you are and you believe; and I certainly believe things I tell our team about and everything else. So, Im going to stay the course and thats just how it goes."

Ryan is accepting of the fact that, the proclamations that make for good TV, radio and bandwidth, are always going to be used against him when they blow up.

"Well you know, thats just the way it goes," he said. "We kind of understood that and its just like I dont put muzzles on the players or anything else. Ive said from Day 1 that we might not be lined up 100 percent or whatever but, this is football, and it doesnt have to be such a button-up type deal. But I know, I get criticized for that and thats fine. My style is a lot different than obviously a lot of coaches."
Coach has seen what kind of both sides can do, Sanchez said. (When) you come out and say something, it almost puts you in a position where youre supposed to win. And if you win, its like, Yeah, you already said you were going to win. So, who cares? So I dont see any point in it. Its never really been my style. Its just a different approach. And Im all for it.

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Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins mixed things up with their roster a bit on Saturday after dropping a couple of games in a row to Washington and Colorado. 

Fourth-line energy winger Noel Acciari and playmaking forward Danton Heinen were called up from Providence and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. 
Acciari went to Providence the past couple of days to get some game action in after missing the past month with a lower body injury, but clearly showed he’s ready to go. 

So, Acciari is back to provide the same hard-hitting and energy he showed before he was hurt and Heinen is looking to show off a little more offense than in his first stint with the Black and Gold this season. He’ll be featured in a top role as left wing with David Krejci and David Backes and with marching orders to shoot the puck like he never shot it in his previous stint in Boston. 

For the Bruins, it’s about getting another look at a candidate to play left wing beside Krejci with both Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, with limitations to their respective games, unable to fully grasp that same opportunity. 

“My hope is that Heinen can come in and give us some good hockey. He’s a skill player and he’s been down there for a while, and he’s back up again because he’s been playing well,” said Claude Julien of the Bruins rookie, who had four goals and seven points in his past five games with Providence. “Hopefully he can play well here also. It’s about getting some confidence. When he went down to [the AHL] the pace of his game had to get a little bit better, and in the battles coming up with the puck along the walls. Those are the kinds of things we thought he could work on down in Providence.”

Heinen knows he needs to shoot the puck a bit more to show off his offense after a seven-game stint with the Bruins where he went scoreless, was a minus-2 and had just six shots on net.

“Being hard on the walls, playing fast and shooting the puck, those were all things I was working on [in Providence],” said Heinen, who has seven goals and 13 points in 13 games for the P-Bruins after being assigned to Providence. “I was doing what they told me to do [in Providence] and that’s shoot the puck. They were going in, and I was getting some good opportunities on the power play. It’s seriously tough to get chances [at the NHL level], so you can’t pass them up when you have chances. That was kind of my focus down there.”

Fellow fourth-line energy winger Anton Blidh has been shipped to Providence after three solid games with the Black and Gold. 

Julien said Blidh goes back to Providence having adequately shown that he can play in the NHL. He clearly showed the Bruins that he understands his role as a player that stirs things up a bit and gets his nose dirty on a regular basis.

“[Blidh] was fine. No issues there. He does his job. He plays with lots of energy and obviously he’s getting more experience. He’s a lot better at understanding his positioning within the game and what he has to do,” said Julien. “I thought he helped us out for the time that he was here.”

With Heinen and Acciari both in the lineup and Blidh back in Providence, that means Jimmy Hayes will be scratched after dressing for three of the past four games for Boston.

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

PFT: Belichick can still diagram his dad’s Navy plays from 1959

CBS interviewed Patriots coach Bill Belichick and 1960 Heisman winner Joe Bellino from Navy as part of its Army-Navy Game coverage Saturday.

Belichick's father, Steve, was an assistant coach at Navy when Bellino played there, and little Bill, then 7, took it all in. So much so, that 57 years later, Belichick can still diagram the 27 F Trap play that his dad used to drew up in the 1959 season for Bellino.

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