Under the bright lights of New York, many supreme athletes and coaches have fizzled under the lights. Larry Brown, Rick Pitino, Randy Johnson, Stephon Marbury and Brett Favre all flamed out.

Tom Coughlin nearly joined that ignominious list of New York disappointments five years ago. However, a surprising Super Bowl championship catapulted him into New York sports stratosphere. Today, Rex Ryan finds himself in the same predicament as a victim of his own overreaching expectations.

There couldn’t be two coaches more different than Ryan and Coughlin. However, the similarities in the career archs of them and their relationships with their respective quarterbacks are eerie.

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