It seems as if the media was divided on whether or not Rex would be back next season, some were convinced that there was no way Rex would be back, others thought he deserved another year. After the Jets final game against the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced Rex would return to coach next season.
There were many signs pointing to Ryan’s dismissal heading into the latter part of the season. People pointed to the fact that after two AFC championship game appearances, Rex has failed to get the Jets back to the playoffs for three straight seasons. Also people claimed he lost control of the locker room and everyone seemed to blame Rex for the Tebow debacle.
Blame for the Tebow debacle should be placed on Tannenbaum’s shoulders alone. Furthermore, his reckless spending left this team lacking talent at a plethora of positions by the time Idzik arrived. This was a year where the Jets were trapped in salary cap hell with over inflated contracts belonging to under-performing players, players like Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes.
With this talent starved team comprised of wide receivers who couldn’t make any other team rosters, a plethora of rookie starters including at the quarterback position, Rex Ryan was able to bring the Jets back to 500 after finishing an abysmal 6 and 10 last season. This should be considered a testament to his coaching ability and ability to get players to play above their skill level.
Now moving forward the Jets are in a position to make waves in the free agent market, paired with an inbound draft class it is safe to say there will be a lot of fresh talent next season. Idzik is the opposite of Tannenbaum when it comes to contract negotiations, he doesn’t look for big ticket players but rather diamonds in the rough that no one knows. With the new talent this team will have, Rex’s true test will come when a stronger Jets team hits the field next season. If he misses the playoffs again and the Jets have a younger stronger team next season Rex will likely lose his job then, for now there is still not a good enough reason.