Free agents should line up to play for Jets

As on organizational philosophy, the New York Jets rely on acquiring established veterans every year.

A player poll conducted by Sports Illustrated suggests they'll have any easier time landing free agents than other clubs.

Sports Illustrated asked "For which other coach would you like to play?" Of the 279 NFL players who responded, a whopping 21 percent of them said Rex Ryan.

Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was a distant second at 12 percent. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was at 9 percent, Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher at 8 percent and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick at 7 percent.

Ryan's charisma stands out even more when you consider he's in only his second season and was the only coach among the top seven who has never taken his team to the Super Bowl.

To have that kind of allure around the league is significant for the Jets. Ryan's magnetism will make it tougher for opponents to convince free agents to sign with them instead of the Jets.

Sports Illustrated didn’t provide results for the entire poll so we could see how Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano or Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey rated.

The poll will appear in the issue that hits newsstands Wednesday.