Then Ryan told reporters he wasn't about to change his flippant ways.
Ryan was fined $50,000 by the team for making an obscene gesture at a mixed martial arts event, a photo that ran on the back pages of the city's tabloids. Later came photos of Ryan changing jerseys during a hockey game he attended that revealed Ryan's belly.
On Saturday, Ryan repeatedly poked fun at himself, explaining he had learned some important lessons this offseason.
Ryan accepted the head coach job for the Jets on January 21, 2009. He came roaring into the team and New York, with his blustery attitude and big belly. But Gang Green quickly grew to love him, and so did the Big Apple. He led the Jets to a 4-0 start and an unlikely playoff berth, earning the team's first spot in an AFC Championship Game in more than a decade.
Beleaguered Jets fans have long moaned, "Same old Jets." But if Rex Ryan stayed the same, we wouldn't mind.