Should the Jets fire Rex Ryan?

Rex Ryan's Future and the Jets

12/25/13 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

To base the Jets’ pending decision on whether to fire or retain coach Rex Ryan on Sunday’s game Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan before the game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports against the Dolphins and whether they go 8-8 instead of 7-9 would punctuate how the team has morphed into a cool plaything of owner Woody Johnson and not a team that is run with a legitimate blueprint. Listening to players’ statements of support; media columns on the attributes of Ryan; talk radio hosts and callers voicing how unfair it is to Ryan if he’s dismissed is more of the same that got the Jets into their current doldrums.
 
When he first took over as owner, Johnson left the decisions to the football people: Bill Parcells and Terry Bradway. Eventually, his desire to have “stars” trumped what made sense when he stuck a coach, Eric Mangini, who wanted a series of no-names doing what they were told with a freewheeling star quarterback, Brett Favre. For his part, Favre wound up with the Jets because he pulled one of “I’m retiring/I’m not retiring” tricks and the Packers finally had enough and told him to take a hike, trading him to the Jets. He had no choice in the matter.
 
Since then, it’s been a string of attention grabs disguised as football management, mostly coming with the encouragement of the owner. After years of being somewhat organized and moderately successful, the Jets were always looking for the next thing to fill the owner’s desire to garner headlines and show off his new purchases to his rich friends.      
 
There’s a misplaced belief that the Jets have been a laughingstock for their entire existence. Compared with their stadium and city-mate Giants, they’re guaranteed to look worse. The Giants are organized, have a chain-of-command and don’t make decisions intent on drawing attention to themselves. The Giants’ four Super Bowl wins in the past 25 years vs. the Jets’ one in their entire history over forty years ago leaves the Jets feeling inferior because they've been inferior. Rather than emulate what’s been successful in the league as they did when they hired Eric Mangini away from the Patriots and tried to copy the Bill Belichick model in both management and personality, or by doing what the Giants do, the Jets have taken the tone of their owner in haphazardness.
 
Johnson’s decision-making as a football owner is indicative of the life he’s led. He’s an entitled rich kid and socialite who has accomplished essentially nothing apart from being born with unimaginable wealth. He wants his toys and he wants to be in the public spotlight. His minions fight for his attention and favor. That favor is capricious and based on nothing other than what fleeting criteria are holding sway in the moment.
 
When the Jets fired GM Mike Tannenbaum and replaced him with John Idzik, they hired a business Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik (left) and owner Woody Johnson before the game against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sportsside football guy who was found with help from an executive head-hunting firm. This continued their split-the-baby, “let’s toss everything into a pot and see if it works” strategies they’d used since the Favre acquisition. When hiring a new GM, the common sense decision is to let the new GM hire the coach. Ryan had two years remaining on his contract when Idzik was brought onboard, but there was a clear changing of the guard in who had the owner’s ear. Ryan was once the outspoken power behind the scenes. The owner enjoyed his company as if he was hanging out with the big, cool, loud football guy. Once the team struggled to 8-8 in 2011 and 6-10 in 2012, Ryan’s blustery pronouncements of his team’s greatness and what heights they would achieve lost their luster. Tannenbaum paid for it with his job as if he was to blame for the Tim Tebow and Tony Sparano twin-fiascos; for Ryan’s canyon-sized mouth. In truth, if anyone was responsible for the 2011-2012 Jets, it was Ryan and Johnson.
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12/26/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Toddvenice1 wrote:
Yes, he's an incompetent quarterback career killing mess, and in way over his head as a head coach. Rex is far more suited as a Defensive Coordinator, simply not cut out to be a head coach.

Rex has had enough success to get another chance somewhere else. He was put in an awful situation this year, lending credence to ending it for the good of all involved.

12/26/13   |   Toddvenice1   |   1 respect

Yes, he's an incompetent quarterback career killing mess, and in way over his head as a head coach. Rex is far more suited as a Defensive Coordinator, simply not cut out to be a head coach.