Could Rex Go? Yes. Should Rex Go? Absolutely Not

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January 4, 2011; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets owner Woody Johnson (left), head coach Rex Ryan (center), and general manager Mike Tannenbaum (right) watch during practice at the Jets Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Is this relationship to the right going to go through a partial divorce soon? Possibly.

But it would be a bad idea.

Mike Tannenbaum, unfortunately, is not likely to be going anywhere. Sources seem to think that Mike is so far up Woody’s rear end that he will most likely be back here next year. Therefore, the discussion returns to the head coach, Rex Ryan. More specifically, how hot is his seat? Could Rex Ryan lose his job at the end of 2012? Due to his loyalty to Mark Sanchez, the answer becomes yes. He is a very loyal coach, and he could lose his job over it.

Against the Arizona Cardinals, Rex Ryan pulled Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy. McElroy, to his credit, came off the bench and led the Jets to the game-winning TD in a narrow 7-6 victory. That week, Rex Ryan took a couple of days to “decide” who the quarterback was going to be, and in the end, went with Mark Sanchez. We all wondered why. He hadn’t exactly been doing anything worth keeping his job over. And just as importantly, there was a buzz around the football team. But, since the Jets were still in the playoff hunt, Rex went back to the man he is loyal to, and the guy he believed gave him the best chance to win. They won the game against the Jaguars in spite of Mark, and Mark basically lost the Monday night game by himself. His loyalty took the Jets out of the playoff race. The move has now been made to McElroy, but obviously it is too little, too late, for the 2012 season. Woody Johnson does NOT like to lose. And he always makes changes when they don’t make the playoffs.

There is another reason that Woody might like Rex go. Rex went against his boss. According to sources leading up to the Jacksonville game, owner Woody Johnson wanted the quarterback to be McElroy. He let it be the coach’s decision, but made clear what he wanted. Whenever you go against your boss, in any line of work, you had better be right. Think about your own line of work. If your boss told you to do something, and you deliberately went against it, you would draw attention to yourself, would you not? Same thing in football. If you are going to go against the owner, you had better make the right decision, otherwise you are on notice.

This could be the reason we don’t see Rex Ryan back next year. But Woody would be wrong. Let me tell you why on the next page.

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