So we finally heard from the big boys yesterday, Rex Ryan and Woody Johnson. They did what they could, as it is difficult to answer questions about the future of the team, when they are still searching for someone to make the roster decisions.
Rex Ryan did address one important topic. We have talked about this past week about how with a new general manager in place, there may be a discrepancy in the vision of the GM vs Rex, Rex needing to win right away, with the GM having more of a longer term plan. Here’s what Rex had to say about the topic:
We’ll see, I’m pretty sure I’ll have the exact same agenda that the general manager will have and that’s, we want to win. I know that I don’t know who the general manager is, but I promise you, he wants to win as bad as I do and that’s something certainly we’ll lean on. Like I said, I look at this as a new beginning, just like it will be a new beginning for the general manager who’s hired and that’s how I’m approaching it. Obviously, I’m no different than 31 other guys. Number one, we all have an incredible opportunity. You’re one of 32 men in this country in the National Football League as a head coach. That is an unbelievable honor and a privilege and certainly that’s the way I feel. But I’m excited. I can tell you this, as I look at it, and I do look at it as a beginning, we are going to be a dangerous football team, I can promise you that. How many wins (and) all that? I don’t know. But I’m going to tell you, you’re not going to want to play the New York Jets because I know the mentality that we’re going to take and that’s what I’m looking forward to. But as far as working with the new GM, I’m sure we will be all on board as an organization. We all want the same thing and we know what we want to accomplish.
I think Rex might either be hiding his true thoughts from us on this, or he is being a bit naive. Of course they both want to win, but with Rex already being in town for four years, he will by default, have a shorter leash than a brand new GM. Just by the nature of the situation, Rex is going to need to win quickly, while a new general manager is putting a “plan” in place.
I hope they know what they are doing on this.