Rex Ryan May Already Be Aware He Will Be Fired

By Alan Schechter
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As the Jets continue to lose every game, the debate rages on. Will Rex Ryan be fired? Will coach Ryan be fired? Might the Jets consider keeping him to take on the league one more time under this regime? Nobody really knows what goes on in the mind of a person. But now, one NY post feels that he knows what is going to happen, and that coach Ryan knows it to.

According to Mark Cannizaro of the New York Post, John Idzik has planned to fire Rex Ryan all along, and he has told people this said fact.  Take a look at the article and see what you think.

The question is, does Cannizaro know what he is saying?  Is Rex Ryan already aware of his upcoming fate?  We aren’t going to dignify “sources” with a response.  Jets Nation has been pretty much in agreement about that for a long time, and we feel the same way.  However, there is circumstantial evidence that says that Cannizaro may, in fact, be right about coach Ryan.  If nothing else, he should see some indirect writing on the wall.

Let me tell you what I mean.

Sep 14, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver

Jordy Nelson

(87) catches a 33 yard pass with New York Jets cornerback

Dee Milliner

(27) defending during the second half of a game at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest issue has been at the cornerback spot. Dee Milliner is suffering through a lost season due to injury. The same can be said for Dexter McDougle. The Jets have been left at cornerback with Darrin Walls, Kyle Wilson, and the band of no-names. We have been torched all season long by this group. Rex Ryan does not have the talent at the position to win consistently and he needs Idzik to help.

But, the band of no-names has continued. The players have been out there, but the Jets haven’t shown much, if any, interest in them. Can Rex Ryan feel confident that there is a premium on winning?

Aug 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver

Eric Decker

(87) is congratulated by offensive guard

Brian Winters

(67) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The Giants defeated the Jets 35-24. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Then there is the issue of the lack of depth, especially in the off-season moves . The offensive line had no depth at all. The starting group has not been great, other than Nick Mangold. For the most part, they have looked pretty bad, especially at protecting the passer. Furthermore, does the line have any depth? The answer is no.

Why did Brian Winters remain a starter until his season ended with an injury? Because no other player could even play well with confidence to hold down the job. The line has been a revolving door. What has Idzik done to fix this to date?? Not much. The team’s group of linemen has pretty much stayed the same. Rex Ryan, despite what he says, can surely tell that again, there is no premium on winning right now.

Has this been John Idzik’s plan all along? To leave Ryan a team that was not talented enough to compete, so it would look like firing Rex was an easy choice?

Sep 7, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik reacts during the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Raiders 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The problems noted on the previous two pages have not been the only ones. For most of the season, the Jets needed help at wide receiver, only to be found late in the year with Percy Harvin. The team has gotten minimal help from their 2014 draft picks to date. Even Calvin Pryor, who showed some spark early in the year, found his way to the bench. The Jets and Rex Ryan needed help, and Idzik had the ability to give it to him.

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The Jets had over $20 million in cap space available. Did Idzik get Ryan a bunch of free agents to improve the team quickly? We know the answer to that. He saved the money for a rainy day. Sure, he has to think about signing some of his own players, to look at the big picture. But a coach coming to the end of his contract also has to be able to win right away. Did Rex Ryan really get that chance in 2014? It’s definitely a debatable issue.

Did Rex Ryan know at the beginning of the year that he is out at the end of the year, as the article from the Post said? There is no way to know for sure. But, there certainly is circumstantial evidence to indicate that the article is half right. There is plenty of evidence showing that this was the plan from the beginning.

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