According to multiple reports, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has told his team that he will be fired. This is the third straight year that New York will miss out on postseason action. This comes after Ryan and QB Mark Sanchez helped lead their club to a pair of consecutive AFC Championship Games.
Ryan’s vision is and continues to be based on solid running. It doesn’t help though when receivers can’t consistently get open. However, even when they had been able to create separation, drops have really hurt their team.
Apparently, sometime before Sunday’s victory against the Cleveland Browns, Ryan delivered some kind of speech saying that he will be “going down swinging.” Players responded by performing with heart. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith showed better pocket presence while throwing for two touchdowns.
Whether the players were able to save their coach should be known shortly. This depends on GM John Idzik’s mindset. He inherited Ryan, so normally he would want to get his own guy. If better offensive players arrive, it looks like New York could be better next year. Perhaps Ryan could make something happen with a veteran signal caller and upgraded weapons.
Beating the Miami Dolphins next week and finishing at 8-8 would surpass many expectations. Ryan has not denied giving this message, choosing simply to decline comment at this time.