"When you become a head coach, and I think that's something Rex is going to learn, that it does change for you," Billick told the Dan Patrick Show. "It's one thing to be the coordinator and everyone loves you, and you're the guy, but the tough decisions you are kind of insulated from those [as a coordinator] because that's the head coach's deal."
Billick said that Ryan is walking a fine line with his Jets, and that if the team isn't winning, the boisterous, headline-grabbing coach could quickly lose his players.
"The things they hire you for and love you for when you're winning are the exact same things they are on your butt for when you lose," Billick said. "When you are winning it's all great, you are a player's coach and every one loves you. If you lose the players are out of control."
Billick did defend Ryan when asked if Rex was putting on an act for HBO's cameras — "That's Rex and it's very pure," he said — even if he doesn't think Ryan should have been cussing on TV.
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