Tuna testimonial helped make Rex a Jet

Parcells' scouting report to Tannenbaum put coach on fast track to Gang membership

Updated: January 19, 2011, 11:14 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNewYork.com

Once upon a time, Bill Parcells was the larger-than-life figure who saved the New York Jets from themselves, driving a hoax of a franchise to the brink of the Super Bowl. So maybe it was fitting that Parcells gave the Jets one last gift.

Maybe it was fitting that he notarized a candidate named Rex Ryan.

"I was very impressed with Rex when I met with him," Parcells said Tuesday night by phone. "I could just sense that, 'Hey, this guy's going to have a chance.'"

This was three ...

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