Does Rebuild Mean the End of Rex Ryan with the New York Jets?

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

The opening of free agency has been the dawn of a new day with the New York Jets. The Jets have not jumped the gun to over pay for anyone, despite the fact that they are losing players left and right, or at least it feels that way. Our buddy Joe Caporoso from “Turn on the Jets” put it best when he wrote that the Jets are showing “Patience with a Purpose“.

Anyone who wants to tell us, I’m talking to you Francesa, that Rex Ryan is running the show, is not paying attention.  If Rex was making all of the calls, would he be losing players left and right?  I think not.

What is going on is a rebuilding process with the Jets, ladies and gentlemen.  Not a rush to put together a stop-gap team to make a playoff run.  They are setting up to build for the future, and have sustainable success.  TJ Rosenthal from “Turn on the Jets” entertained a must-read topic about whether or not Jets fans can accept the pains of rebuilding.

I want to take that, and go a slightly different direction, and talk about the head coach.

Jets fans, in my opinion, can definitely handle the idea of rebuilding.  I am for it, and I think I speak for other fans when I say I am tired of the team being a one-hit wonder, making a run one year, or two in the case of Rex’s teams, and then falling back to the back.  We are jealous of teams that draft well every year, and have a chance every season.

What I want to talk about today is Rex Ryan.  Woody Johnson gave Rex new life, when he insisted that the new general manager keep the coach on for a year.  It really wasn’t a surprise at the time, as we know how much faith Woody Johnson has in Rex Ryan.  He wouldn’t have even considered keeping him and firing Tannenbaum if he didn’t have that kind of faith.

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  • Don Plural

    9 and 7
    Rex keeps his job

  • Addage

    I think/hope it’s a bit more complicated. If Woody is setting up Ryan to be fired, then it’s all pretty cynical. Woody saves on Ryan’s contract, but he sets the team back in terms of its development.

    Another question is Mohrningweg. Was he brought in for a 1 and done? Is he just collecting a salary for a year? Or does a new HC candidate have to keep an OC he didn’t choose? Makes no sense.

    If Woody is being honest, then Ryan will be judged on how well his D performs and how much progress the team makes overall. The D should be reasonably good despite all the departures. He is likely to get a new OLB, he has issues at Safety, but his DL and his Corners should be fine. Assuming the Safety issues are solved, why would we not expect a quality performance by the D.

    If the O can’t score, we won’t be surprised. There the issue is development of the OL and the WR’s. Second half of the season should be better than the first half.

    If the team finishes strong, even with a losing record, Ryan will have done well. He doesn’t have control, but he needs his players to play hard and show progress. That should be enough.

    Of course, we don’t know what the personal interactions are between Idzik and Ryan. That is a wild card.

    I say all this because I like Ryan and think he is one of the best D coaches around. Continuity has value. It will be interesting to watch.

    • TheJetPress

      Fair points on all fronts. The whole thing just puzzles me, how you have a guy in practically a lame duck status, and now you gut his roster. I hope it is deeper than this, like you said.

      Thanks for reading.