After back-to-back AFC Championship game berths, Rex Ryan’s New York Jets have failed to impress. Whether it’s banking too much on quarterback Mark Sanchez or the inability to find consistency throughout the team, Ryan could never motivate his players to reach the great height that he boldly predicted on more than one occasion. At this point, even Ryan is aware that his time in New York as a head coach is likely over.
“Rex Ryan told his players in team meeting last night that word on street is that he’s getting fired and asked players to fight w him these last 2 weeks,” tweeted Jay Glazer.
At 6-8, the Jets will have to win out to reach .500 on the season. A loss to the 4-10 Cleveland Browns would almost guarantee his immediate firing, hence why he’s attempting to motivate his team to battle the last two weeks. It’s not just for pride of the players or the fans. It’s for the job he loves so much.
The problem that Ryan is facing, besides the obvious that his team isn’t playing up to par, is that the Jets have a new general manager. John Idzik is someone that isn’t going to allow a bad thing to continue. And like most general managers, Idzik isn’t going to stick too long with an unproductive head coach, especially one that he didn’t hire in the first place. It’s just the way the business works, and it makes sense at that.
I suppose it would be somewhat sad to see the fiery coach be asked to leave town after bringing excitement to a fan base that hadn’t seen much in the years prior to his arrival. On the other hand, no one would blame Idzik for giving Ryan the axe.