flgreen Posted May 4, 2011 Share Posted May 4, 2011 NFL Lockout: Jets coach Rex Ryan says DT Muhammad Wilkerson only rookie to receive playbook Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 5:30 AM Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger By Conor Orr/The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger NEW YORK — For Rex Ryan, there was only time to hand out one new Jets playbook during the on-again, off-again, on-again NFL lockout. When first-round pick and Linden native Muhammad Wilkerson came to the team’s facility in Florham Park on Friday to meet the media and take photos, he and Ryan were able to talk, albeit briefly. All the other new additions were welcomed with a quick phone call, then set loose again as the court reinstated the lockout rules. “It was different. He came to visit and I was able to meet his family and I was able to meet him again,” Ryan said after his first book-signing in New York City yesterday. “And I just talked to him for a few minutes but I wasn’t able to talk to the other draft picks (in person). “(Wilkerson) got a playbook. He was the only one who got a playbook.” But Ryan said even then, the gesture of handing over the intricacies of his signature defense are almost meaningless. Without a position coach around to explain it, there won’t be that much of an advantage. Ryan said that while he is making the most of coaching during a lockout, nothing replaces face-to-face interaction. “It’s funny because sometimes you can have a playbook in front of you, but without the teacher going over it, it would be like anything else, learning math or something without being in a classroom. So sometimes young guys are struggling with just seeing it on paper,” Ryan said after signing copies of his new book, “Play Like You Mean It.” The lone exception to that philosophy, Ryan said, was seventh-round pick Greg McElroy, a quarterback out of Alabama. If anyone could get a playbook and then get cut loose for a few weeks, Ryan said, he would be the one to digest it. “Our quarterback we got is so smart it’s not even going to matter,” Ryan said of McElroy. “Did you see the interview? I was like, ‘Oh my goodness,’ I guess we know who’s going to be standing in front and talking all the time.” Instead, the focus will go into improvements within his own staff. On Monday at a reporters’ roundtable at a New York publishing house, Ryan said that, aside from studying to better prepare the team’s red-zone offense and defense, he began the process of bringing in consultants with whom to bounce off ideas. “We’re bringing people in, we’ve already brought in (former Colts senior offensive coordinator) Tom Moore. He was out consulting with us for a couple days,” Ryan said. “We’re going to bring in some other great coaches who just want to talk about football.” All in the hopes that once players can return, they won’t miss a beat. “Like I said, we’re going to be fine, though.” Zach Berman contributed to this report. Conor Orr: firstname.lastname@example.org Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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