NFL Black Monday Survivors
We’ll never know whether owner Woody Johnson and GM John Idzik changed their minds after the Jets finished at 8-8 and the widespread reaction to the rumors that Ryan was going to be fired were so adamant in support of the coach. Although with two games remaining Ryan allegedly told the team he was going to be fired at the end of the season, the decision had probably not been made with finality. I have a hunch Idzik told Johnson he wanted to see how the team played in the last two games before deciding. Since they won and the players, fans and media were so steadfast in supporting the coach, Ryan saved his job.
The Jets are reportedly talking about a one year extension for Ryan so he’s not a lame duck in 2014. With that, he could be in the same position a year from now, wondering about his job status. If Ryan’s the guy then he has to be the guy. That includes the commitment of at least two years on a contract extension. They don’t want to have to deal with this again in a year and it’s not fair to Ryan. He’s done enough good work with the Jets to warrant more respect than that.
Jason Garrett – Dallas Cowboys
Garrett was a backup quarterback for the Cowboys during their Troy Aikman glory years, so he knows what it’s like to be a center act in Jerry Jones’s traveling carnival. Back then, he was a roadie. Now he’s corralling the acts and trying to get them to perform.
It’s hard to blame Garrett when his job is to be the offensive mastermind and the offense was fifth in the NFL in points. He had nothing to do with the defense nor the hiring of the defensive coordinator. If the coach doesn’t hire the coordinator and isn’t involved with the scheme, how is he at fault if it goes poorly? The Jones method of handling his head coach is that of informing rather than consulting. They’ll get a new defensive coordinator who—one would think—will be a better fit for the personnel with his preferred scheme than Monte Kiffin. Kiffin’s age was not the reason the defense was bad. He wasn’t the right man for the job.
Dave Wannstedt was the special teams coach for the Buccaneers under Greg Schiano and now that the Bucs have fired Schiano and replaced him with Lovie Smith, Wannestedt will be looking for work. Back to the Cowboys with Jones and Garrett as the defensive coordinator would be a good idea.