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Bear it's time for a very special play makers today where New York Jets owner Woody Johnson joins in with a leader of the world of sports and business.
And today's play maker made such an impression on my partner that he actually hired the guy he has the -- -- confident outspoken.
And very successful coach of the New York Jets Rex Ryan he's also author by the way of a new book.
Called play like -- mean it it hits the bookstores today and we welcome Rex Ryan Craig to see Iraq's largest great to be here.
To find a successful partnership between an owner and a coach is really one of the keys to success -- you mention in your book that first meeting.
That you had -- that would wouldn't you say.
He -- taken one look at me with my big -- my kind of scruffy look and not so classy way of speaking and said.
What the heck you're gonna hire this guy but did you actually think that was going to happen.
Well you never know when you meet people people look at you differently and things like that but I knew I was so comfortable.
In that meeting now first off I will -- -- this.
I was about.
Thirty minutes late at least 4545.
Minutes what -- not a great impression do you go to of course impressive debate but.
During that time I was fortunate that that Steve who shot the owner of the the Baltimore Ravens had a chance atop with whom mr.
Johnson and and I think when I came -- You know having -- I would I was panicked and be honestly I was so upset that I was late and -- -- but.
Right away I was so -- what the whole group we had Mike tandem Bob who's he talk about a partnership.
You know side by side with us -- as our general manager and in -- call was there -- -- weekly sales and and obviously you have mr.
Johnson and -- right away I was blown away you know I knew I wanted to be with them I don't know if they did hit what did you see about this scruffy guy was 45 minutes late for this interview.
Lighting this thing that impressed me most was -- he got out of it somehow I'm not exactly sure I guess that's Iraq -- get -- whatever.
But he started we we wanted to have -- I wanted to have a discussion on team building.
One of the things see he talked about for three and a half hours this team building and -- -- pragmatically about how to do it.
And one of the things he is -- I thought very -- -- compared to what we were previously were very close to the press were very scared you know only the head coach -- a lot of talk media.
Top players for they'd be interviewed and we all -- free by five cards.
And Rex came in with -- entirely different strategy.
Which you maybe describe like why is that important well it wasn't exactly I thought I had.
Basically this is -- -- A little bit of of what -- mentioned in the book about.
Some of our team building actually is our media preparation and we are.
You -- proud to be you know I transparent organization.
Probably it is well you're certainly as transparent everybody realized that I ask our team as you know we give access Bruce Speight has a great job and -- our public relations director.
But we give access all our players and and I never tell players what to say what they can't say or anything else.
-- you know I'm proud of our players we all are proud of our guys in.
But what what I do say is it doesn't matter what you say but.
I'd like for you mentioned two teammates and one coach and that's that the you know doesn't you know could be offense defense could be any coach you want anything.
But this relationship is so key -- it it's funny look at it you two guys you see that.
You know that this New York sophisticated.
Woody -- -- see the scruffy guys you describe yourself but it's a perfect fit did you know that was gonna happen when you first met.
I suspect there wasn't because you putting -- team together and getting your team is the hardest thing you can do is a coach in my estimation.
I mean -- and I was an all -- it's.
The guys believing in themselves and we brought John -- -- back and all -- talked about.
That team team team and what that meant to them and why they were able to give that a little bit Dextre which is a difference between winning losing.
And -- you say in your book you say that the most important guy and the team is the owner.
Question if the owner is is kind of not there -- if he's if he's just a silent -- sits back.
Another and you don't want an owner that's gonna -- -- so there's a fine balance between.
Getting an owner who's engaged.
And one that tries to micro manage what you do want to tell you this about mr.
Johnson is you know first out nobody wants to win.
More than than what he does say and -- that's the truth and doesn't every owner want well -- that that that is true but he's also available to the players.
-- -- practice several times a week he's around he -- so players talks all the coaches fact has this he has a great relationship.
With really you know all the people in the organization and I think that's critical when that.
When a top man who is around there -- stock and everybody else and it's just so natural.
And it's just they had a great thing it's it's we say this it's almost.
It's going to be really hard for me.
Not to be successful.
Because all the people around me and that that is from the top mr.
Johnson all the way down the general manager's side by side of me might -- -- -- -- all the coaches that we have everybody and it's it's really a team effort okay we're gonna talk about exactly how successful the jets are going to be in the coming season also talk a little bit about the walk out as much as possible in another part of the city we got too much to talk about a lot of controversy swirling.
Around the jets -- they were gonna do more of that tomorrow.
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