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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