Rex sinks Jets' season in Pittsburgh

After pushing the right buttons in Rounds 1 and 2, Ryan lost grip in AFC title game

Updated: January 24, 2011, 4:01 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNewYork.com

PITTSBURGH -- His eyes empty and moist, his face beaten up by the bitter cold, Rex Ryan looked like a captain who had just run his ship aground on the banks of the Allegheny. The coach of the New York Jets wore the mask of a haunted man for good reason.

He did not have his team ready to play the AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field, and that is a regret he will carry to his coaching grave.

Behind the force of his larger-than-life personality, Ryan drove the Jets to a second straight ...

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