Does Rex Ryan Really Have All the Power with the New York Jets?

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Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

John Idzik is now the general manager, and it’s a new day. We haven’t heard a lot of the goings on around the New York Jets these days, aside from the occasional story about a backup quarterback coming in for a workout. The culture is already changing around the team, and it’s only been a couple of months.

But now, let’s get back to the original question. Is Rex Ryan holding all the power now?

Still, the answer is no.

At first look, you might think Rex does have the control. However you perceived John Idzik’s words at his opening press conference, he clearly is a quiet guy. He is very much the anti-Rex, in that he is not going to be a verbally commanding person. He is soft spoken, and going to lead by what he does, not what he says.

Also, take into account the fact that Rex Ryan might be a lame duck coach this year. A new GM isn’t going to give a coach he was stuck with, more than a year shot. You might think that a soft spoken new GM, with a brash head coach that he inherited, would give that coach anything he wants in order to succeed.

That is not the case here, and I will tell you why.

If Rex Ryan had all the power, do you think for one second, he would allow for even the possibility of Darrelle Revis being traded? In a year that he requires success, or will likely lose his job, he would accept the idea of trading away his best player? Hell no! Yeah I know he said that there was no truth to the rumors. He did everything he could to quiet the story. But, if he had all that power, we wouldn’t still be hearing about the possibility. It would be done.

It is not done. The rumor is out there. And that is why Rex Ryan does NOT hold the power anymore.

Sorry Fatcessa.

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  • JetOrange

    I hope Rex doesn’t have the power, I think we will find out after the draft. Free Agency will tell us if Idzik is building for 2013 or 2014, If 2013 is not a winning season Rex is gone, so if Idziik is building for 2014 the hand writing is on the wall. The way the draft falls the jets will draft a defensive player will be drafted at 9, but after that you have to be drafting 5 out of remaining 6 players on the offensive side.Rex ain’t gonna be happy but thats how you build a team

    • TheJetPress

      I agree that if 2013 is bad, Rex is gone. The only way to build a team is through the draft. No other way to build a long term successful team, I agree with you.

      • Dustin Schrank

        why would you have rex bring in what 11 or 13 coaches and then fire him a year later???? makes no sense because the new coach is gonna want his own guys, if Rex was getting fired it would have been this year. Unless the Jets go 4-12 Rex will be back.

        • TheJetPress

          Respectfully disagreee with you on this one Dustin. I think unless it is a big time winning season he is done. Bears won 10 games and fired their coach

  • JetPete

    Good analysis re revis and ryan’s priorities.

    • TheJetPress