Oct 16, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
The time may be drawing near for Jets head coach Rex Ryan. The team has fallen on hard times at 1-6, the injuries have mounted, and the frustration has grown. To their credit, the Jets have not stopped playing hard for their head coach, but the season has continued to swirl out of control. After the game, the situation started to get to their embattled head coach, who frankly looked like he wanted to tell off the entire Jets media contingent.
Despite all of that, Rex Ryan remains positive. There has been a lot of talk about the Jets roster, and the holes that are still on it. Rex would not say a negative word about his players or his general manager John Idzik’s handling of his roster when he met with the media yesterday:
We like our talent. Obviously, you don’t like the injuries that we’ve had. I mean we’ve had a tough go of it, at the corner spot in particular. When you lose a (Dee) Milliner, you lose (Dexter) McDougle – two guys you’re really counting on. You have a guy go AWOL on you, that’s hard to anticipate. You lose three corners that you really thought could contribute for you and Dee never even played a full game this year, so those are some things that you’re dealing with and obviously, that’s going to weaken you in some areas, but again, we feel good about or players, regardless of who we have. We’re deep at some groups. Obviously, our D-Line can play with anybody’s in the league. We’re deep at safety, we’re deep at some positions and we’ve just got to put good players on the field, find ways to get it done to help our guys and that’s what we’ll do.
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Ryan is also not thinking about his job:
First off, I’m not focused on what’s down the road. I’m focused on the right now, as well. I can’t expect my team to be focused that way if I’m looking down the road. You’re right, this is a win business. I understand that, there’s no doubt. But this is about the team and it’s always been a team and that’s the priority. The priority has never been my future. And that’s just the way it is. Each day we try to go out and get a little bit better and I think if we continue to do that, because believe me, we have done that, and if we continue to do that, I believe better days are ahead of us.
To his credit, Rex Ryan stays positive. Whether we like it or not (I don’t), his time with the New York Jets may be coming to an end. He will always be a good coach, and one that stands behind his players.