For all intents and purposes, Rex Ryan has been given the key to the city here. He has been given the power of being the coach going forward, and taking part in picking the general manager. Woody answered the question about whether or not Rex would be involved in the selection process with a “yes”. Not only is the general manager required to keep Rex, Rex will be taking part in their selection. Think about that for a minute. Rex will have a hand in choosing his boss. Wouldn’t we all like that? It would be nice.
That being said, Rex has holes on his own staff to fill, with the offensive coordinator being the biggest example. The coordinators and coaches are actually staff members that report to Rex. Remember that, and consider this: If Rex is being given power to help choose his boss, why wouldn’t he be given power to choose his own staff? It actually makes no sense. If he is part of the general manager process, but has to wait to pick his own staff, you are sending a mixed message. The message was that “Rex is our guy”. How does Woody go with that message, if he doesn’t let him begin his search for an offensive coordinator? Forgetting the fact that if they wait too long some candidates they like might be gone.
So here is your analogy. The answer of Rex getting all the power is wrong. But, showing your work, by letting Rex go pick an offensive coordinator is absolutely the right move. Not only is it right, it makes complete sense with the message being sent out. See? With the right work, they get the wrong answer, just like when we were kids.