By Nick Shook | NFL.com
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Rex Ryan‘s final run in New York wasn’t one to write home about.
Despite the ugly finish, many players voiced their support for Ryan, a defensive coach who was undeniably loved by his players. Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson was among the most emotional, nearly coming to tears while defending the coach following a 38-3 loss to Buffalo in Week 12.
His tone was a bit different on Sunday.
Richardson prefaced the response by saying he was sorry to see Ryan get fired, but it’s a noticeable change in attitude days after learning his new head coach will be former Cardinalsdefensive coordinator Todd Bowles, a hiring about which he is understandably excited.
As Richardson’s short professional career has proven, he isn’t one to avoid voicing his opinion through the media. Following a rough early-season outing by quarterback Geno Smith, Richardson went after his own team’s fans.
As Smith and the Jets face Ryan’s defense — notorious for being one of the tougher groups when armed with capable defenders, which Buffalo proved in 2014 it definitely possesses — twice in 2015, here’s hoping for Richardson’s sake that he isn’t telling more New York fans to keep quiet while his team again struggles against a swarming opposing unit.