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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