Rex Ryan’s time with the Jets is over, which is something most fans assumed for quite some time now. Today it has been made official, as the controversial New York Jets head coach has been given the ax. Ryan was ousted along with the team’s general manager, John Idzik, according to MSN Sports on Dec. 29.
Ryan knew this was coming, as reports had him getting a head start at cleaning out his office last week. He caught wind of the consultant-in-waiting, Charley Casserly, “unofficially” reaching out to replacement prospects. This gave Ryan the heads-up and it prompted the often outspoken coach to start clearing out ahead of the official announcement.
A simple announcement by the Jets appeared online today saying, “This morning Woody Johnson informed John Idzik and Rex Ryan that they will not be returning to the team in 2015.” What else is left to say?
Ryan spent six seasons as the head coach for the Jets and he came in like a lion. In each of his first two years the Jets made trips to the AFC Championship Game. He went out like a lamb after the team couldn’t secure a postseason berth in his last four years.
Idzik was only with the Jets for two short years before getting ousted alongside Ryan today. MSN Sports reports that the general manager’s “personnel moves were widely ineffective to the point he lost the support of the fan base in almost record time. There will be no Bradway type new role in the organization.”
The online media outlets appear to be united when it comes to outlining the strategy that would work best for the Jets for next season. The Bleacher Report seems to echo the majority of the media’s online thoughts when saying “The team still needs to find a quarterback and surround him with skilled players before it can compete for a playoff spot in the AFC.”
Finding the right replacements for Ryan and Idzik is “the difficult part,” suggests MSN. It shouldn’t take too long before those potential replacement names buzz around online followed by that inevitable short list that is traditionally leaked.
According to USA Today, the owner of the Jets said in a statement that ideally he wants to hire a general manager first, then move on and hire a head coach replacement. Johnson made no apologizes for his decision on letting Ryan and Idzik go.
Johnson said that the team is in this business to win and he wants to pull together a team that wins more consistently than they have in the past. There you have it, the Rex Ryan New York Jets era officially comes to a close.