Jets GM candidates forced to keep Rex Ryan

1/5/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsNot much promises to change for the New York Jets next season. Sure, the New York jets fired Mike Tannenbaum from the position of general manger on Monday but his successor will still have a frightening mess intimidating enough to demotivate even the most strong-spirited. The New York Jets have exceeded their salary cap by an estimated $20 million, and have “franchise quarterback” Mark Sanchez on books for $8.25 million (guaranteed money) in 2013 despite what can be lightly put as an inconsistent season. And now Mark Sanchez’ personal cheerleader Rex Ryan, who’s can’t help airing the old quarterback controversy even after the regular season, is also part of the deal.
The catch for candidates agreeing to jump ship with the New York Jets is that the new general manager will have to keep coach Rex Ryan hired for at least another year. Typically such situation where a new general manger enters the franchise with already established coaches, it never reaps ideal results.
Rex Ryan had better success in the earlier part of his five-season tenure as New York Jets coach, leading the team to two back-to-back AFC Championship games. However, of lately Rex Ryan has greatly struggled with maintaining locker room discipline and remaining productive. The New York Jets are 34-30 under Rex Ryan through five seasons, which include back-to-back 8-8 and 6-10 records in the past two seasons.
Most fans won’t be happy that Rex Ryan’s spell with the New York Jets is going to guaranteed to last at least another 12 months, especially after he showed unfaltering commitment to the maligned quarterback Mark Sanchez this season.
But the New York jets’ condition in interviewing general manger candidates shouldn’t come as a surprise since owner Woody Johnson expressed his confidence in Rex Ryan soon after Mike Tannenbaum’s firing.
"I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team," Woody Johnson praised Rex Ryan earlier this week.
It’s probably one the reasons longtime general manager Bill Polian reportedly turned down the New York Jets interest in hiring him, before Mike Tannenbaum’s official departure.’s Rich Cimini reported that the New York Jets were also looking at former Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert, San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Green Bay Packers director of football operations John Dorsey, Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell David Caldwell and New York Giants director of scouring Marc Ross. The New York Jets are also considering promoting their own assistant general manager Scott Cohen to the position.
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