In a Tuesday piece in The New York Times, Kris Jenkins of the Jets revealed how retirement crossed his mind for the first time this offseason, and that his return had a lot to do with Rex Ryan.
Had the coach of the Jets been anyone else other than Ryan, Jenkins says he probably would have retired. That should tell you what you need to know about how players feel about playing for Ryan.
But Jenkins also touches on the buildup surrounding the Jets. Every move brings expectations, and considering the team will be featured on HBOs “Hard Knocks,” Ryan’s propensity for bold statements, and the recent veteran additions (Antonio Cromartie, Santonio Holmes, Jason Taylor and LaDainian Tomlinson), there’s plenty of fodder. Putting it all into perspective, Jenkins believes the team has no choice but to win or be embarrassed.
“When you have magnified expectations in New York, you better get it done,” Jenkins said. “We’ve got to win. There’s no if. We have to win. Trash has been talked. Things have been said. We need to make it happen, or we’re going to be embarrassed.”
Jenkins will be a guest on “NFL Total Access” on Tuesday with host Rich Eisen. The show is at 7 p.m. ET.