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"They've just got that little killer instinct in them," Green Bay tight end Jermichael Finley said, "and everybody's hungry around there."
It all starts with Ryan. He's the central character -- a husky, fun-loving guy and the ultimate everyman, a dude who looks and acts more like someone in your fantasy football league than the man in charge of team that finished a win away from the Super Bowl a year ago.
"The guy's made for TV," Richardson said. "But he's the same with or without cameras."
Whether it's telling the world his guys are going to meet the president after winning the Super Bowl, sparring with opposing coaches and players, or talking about his offseason lap-band surgery, what you see is what you get with Ryan.
"My parents, they told me they love 'Hard Knocks,'" Richardson said. "Even my buddies have told me, 'Man, Rex seems like a guy you'd just love to sit down and have a beer with.' I think now people kind of feel like, if you had the top five people in the world you'd want to have a chance to sit down and talk to, Rex is in that category."
While Ryan's personality is a hit, his penchant for cursing every time he opens his mouth isn't.
He was criticized by some fans, media, former Colts coach Tony Dungy -- even his mom -- for excessive Rex-pletives in the premiere episode two weeks ago.
"They said he dropped, like, eight? That was a great day," wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery said with a big laugh. "I was sitting in there like, 'Man, he's holding back right now.' Some might say he doesn't need all of that to get his players motivated, but this is his team. You don't tell someone how to run their team. He's going to run it the way he's going to run it, and I respect that."
Ryan doesn't censor his players, either.
The guys in green and white fill reporters' notebooks with their thoughts on everything from the AFC East to defensive tackle Kris Jenkins' weight-loss contest with Ryan and right tackle Damien Woody (Jenkins won).
"People say we love to talk," Cotchery said. "And, they say we talk a lot."
That's just fine with the Jets. They at least have an identity, something the franchise lacked for years.
"That's awesome, man," Cotchery said. "They're taking notice of us, and know we're for real -- and they don't like it, and want to shut us up."
The Jets will be able to start backing it all up when they face another playoff team from last season, Baltimore, in their opener on Sept. 13 -- a Monday night game. And just as they are now, everyone will be watching.
"The environment that we have, I think, works," Ryan said. "This is who we are. We're maybe not traditional, the way you see other teams, but don't make that mistake in thinking that we're less disciplined than another team or anything else. It's just the opposite."
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