Is New York Jets’ Coach Rex Ryan’s Job Safe? A Different Perspective


Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan speaks to the media before the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest questions about the 2013 New York Jets and beyond has to do with Rex Ryan’s job security. Specifically, how secure is it? What’s going to happen beyond this year? Is it only a matter of time before John Idzik let’s him go, or can Rex keep his job?

Manish Mehta of the Daily News took that question on in a piece of his own, take a look at it by clicking here:

I have to admit, one of my vices on TV is the show “Judge Judy”.  Listening to her yell at low lifes makes any problems I have seem a lot smaller.  The reason I point this out is she has a great quote.  “That doesn’t make sense, and if it doesn’t make sense it probably isn’t true.”

With all due respect to Mr. Mehta, there are parts of the story that just don’t make sense, and don’t seem logical.  Let me tell you what I mean.

First, he talks about how, although John Idzik will have a say in the fate of Rex Ryan, Woody Johnson will make the ultimate decision.  I know that was how it worked going into this season, but does that make sense going forward?  Does anyone think that John Idzik would have taken a job, where he would NEVER be allowed to decide the fate of Rex Ryan?

In order for that to be acceptable to him, he would have to be so enamored with Rex Ryan that he wouldn’t care what Woody decides.  Is that possible?  Sure it is.  But is it likely?  It doesn’t seem to be.  It just doesn’t make sense.

Let’s move on, and assume much of what the article said is true.  Let’s say that Idzik is OK with leaving the final decision with Woody.  Idzik is comfortable with putting that decision in someone else’s hands, he likes Rex, and is willing to let Woody do his thing.  Fine.  Let’s keep going and assume that it is true that Woody feels that he is going to bring Rex back next year.

Then why would he be leaving Rex in a “lame duck” status?  Why not give him a contract now, if you have already made that decision?  Last time, he received a contract extension after only one season.  Why would he change his tune now?  Because despite the report, Rex Ryan is NOT safe.

If it doesn’t make sense it isn’t true.  The Daily News scenario, at least in my opinion, doesn’t make any sense.