Joe Klecko: ‘Culture There Created By Rex Ryan’

Geno Smith owed IK Enemkpali money, didn’t care, and got punched in the face as a result.

Smith will be out six to 10 weeks recovering from surgery, while Enemkpali has been released.

But the real culprit? It might just be Rex Ryan.

“I think there’s a culture there created by Rex Ryan. I really do,” former Jet and current SNY analyst Joe Klecko said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “Rex had five different sets of rules for five different people. Let’s go back to the Santonio Holmes incident. He leaves the game – the last game of the season – and the head coach doesn’t know he’s off the field. If that was true, which he said it was, that’s a disconnect from your team right there. The Geno Smith situation in San Diego, he knew what time the movie was but didn’t know what time his meeting was, you know what I mean? There’s another set of rules there. You can go down the line and talk to the guys throughout the years of how Rex had different sets of rules.

“I’ve always said – you guys know this – discipline on a team is needed,” Klecko continued. “You have to have it. And that culture of doing what you want and let’s just roll with it and as long as were winning football games nothing really matters – (that)doesn’t really work. The only person I can point to over the years is Pete Carroll, who has probably had one of the best general managers in the league as far as bringing in talent in the lower rounds and free agency and just basically turning them loose on the field and dominating the game and who has had a loose ship to say the least. . . . Guys that win Super Bowls have discipline involved in the organization. I think that’s one thing that Rex never had, and it’s very evident that Rex never cared about that.”

Still, Brandon Tierney, a lifelong Jets fan, doesn’t understand why seemingly no one came to Smith’s defense.

“I don’t know exactly what happened in that locker room,” Klecko said. “It wasn’t good. Listen, everybody understands all you have to do is watch Geno’s interviews about his confidence or cockiness, whatever you want to call it. He didn’t want to adhere to what this guy needed or wanted, and I could see him being pretty arrogant about it. Now if you’re in the locker room – political correctness works on the street here. It works on the street to a point. In an NFL locker room, political correctness isn’t so valuable. If you start wagging your fingers in somebody’s face and if you’re being obstinate to a guy who thinks he’s right, there may be a problem very quickly.

“I don’t know (Smith) that well as a person to comment whether it is cockiness or not,” Klecko continued. “Inside your body, you have to believe that, at least to make it work for yourself. But there comes a time and place where humility – you have to at least learn to spell it. In today’s athlete, you find more cockiness, I think, than confidence. Now again, I don’t know that for sure, and I’m not saying it, but that’s the feeling I get from it.”

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