Posted December 22, 2013

Rex Ryan reportedly tells Jets players that he expects to be fired after season

AFC East, New York Jets
Rex Ryan's Jets surprised this season, but eventually came down to earth.

Rex Ryan’s Jets surprised this season, but eventually came down to earth. (Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

It’s been a wild season for Rex Ryan in New York.

The bombastic Jets coach entered the season as a dead man walking. Everyone, including us at SI.com, expected Ryan to be the first coach fired this year. But a surprising 5-4 start earned Ryan some early Coach of the Year buzz and seemingly guaranteed that he would finish out his contract, which runs through the end of the 2014 season.

Well, so much for that. With the Jets losing four of their last five, Ryan apparently believes he’s right back on the chopping block. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reports that Ryan told his team in a meeting Saturday night that “word on the street” is the Jets will have a new coach in 2014. Ryan asked the team (6-8) fight with him these last two weeks. The Jets face the Browns and the Dolphins in the last two weeks of the season.

There’s no doubt some gamesmanship to this statement. Ryan is looking to light a fire under his team, and this statement could easily do that. Still, the fact remains that new GM John Idzik inherited Ryan as his coach and could be looking to put his imprint on the team with a hand-picked coach this offseason.

Ryan joins Jason Garrett, Mike Shanahan and others on the hot seat as the season winds down.

However it ends for Ryan, it’s been a season to remember — for better and worse — in New York.

43 comments
Joe R2
Joe R2

If he can't land another HC gig, I know the Bears will need a new DC...

retro-grouch
retro-grouch

Ryan is a perfect example of a coach who is strong on one side of the ball.  Now he's on his second QB and his third OC but his offense still lacks credibility.


It's fair to say that management failures on the QB front are a huge part of that problem but Rex--with his stubborn resistance to moving past Sanchez--does not seem to have been the voice of reason in that FO.  I don't know who had the bright idea of hiring Sparano but what were they thinking?  And the owner's big mouth sure ain't helping things. 


Bottom line:  Bad decisions on the offensive side have crippled this team and if they fire Ryan and don't hire a strong HC who has a specific vision for the offense then they are just spinning their wheels.   Problem: how  many good offensive coaches fall asleep dreaming of working with Geno Smith?

HurtfulTruth
HurtfulTruth

It was Rex's decision to keep running out there the worst QB in recent memory without even looking at Simms in a game situation when given snaps with the first team offense. Rex also hated Woodhead. I think he simply does not like smart capable players and does judge with discrimination. Good riddance Rex.

cjkrew
cjkrew

Rex is only playing the players he was given by the GM.  Its not Rex fault he had to start a rookie QB that is turning the ball over at an alarming rate.  The Jets D has tried its best to keep them in games when consistently playing with short fields due to turnovers by the offense.  This is a QB driven league and if you get sub-par play from your QB, then your team record will reflect that.  It doesn't matter who the coach is the Jets don't get better on offense they people will be saying the same thing about the next coach.


Remember people coaches are only as good as their players.  The Pats coach was no genius in Cleveland, until he found a HUGE diamond in the rough in Tom Brady.  So know everyone thinks he is the best coach since slice bread. Never seen coaches make tackles on D and score TDs on offensive.

Baldeagle
Baldeagle

Rex must go. He has ruined one quarterback's future and is working on another and the JETS are on life support. Statistics don't lie, he may be a great DC but he ain't no head coach. Please do go to Dallas, he can ruin the remainder career of another QB.

Eric512
Eric512

I don't know about head coach but I'd love to have him as D-coordinator in Houston.

playemball
playemball

I'm pretty sure..Rex is correct!

grkorbel
grkorbel

Where is this "Garrett on the chopping block" coming from? Is everyone buying into this so obtuse that Jones isn't taking into account the epidemic of hamstring injuries Dallas has experienced (twice the league average) and the assorted the injuries that have reduced the defense to playing at half strength with players whose names aren't even known to the team's beat writers?


The one given about the Cowboys' 2014 season is that Garrett will be the head coach on opening day.

psychsports
psychsports

Typical Rex Ryan

http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/12/19/nfl-owners-and-gms-beware-there-many-perils-in-making-a-coaching-change/

http://psychologyofsports.com/2013/11/18/rex-ryan-a-changed-man-also-gives-rise-to-a-changed-jets-team/

Ryan will get a job in a nano second as a D Coordinator

beast
beast

I still think something sexual was going on involving Ryan, his wife and Sanchez. And I thought that before we saw the Sanchez tattoo on Ryan.  

I think it was a reason Ryan would not bench Sanchez. He may have went back to him this year if he wasn't hurt. 

JohnLyons
JohnLyons

I think Rex saved his job today.  They have already improved over last season with a game to go and far exceeded preseason forecast.  The team has obvious needs which I put on the GM todo list.  The offensive line needs to be strengthened and the receiving corps also need help.  On the defensive side, they need corner help but not a lot else.  Address two of these and the Jets win ten or eleven next year with Rex at the helm.   Geno is a mystery but with a better O-line, we will see what he really is made of.  Rex has the respect of his players and is clearly passionate about his team.  he showed that in spades at the end of the first half today when Geno was shoved out of bounds.  

Jai2
Jai2

It would have made more sense to fire him their last loss. Give a assistant coach a chance to0 prove they can actually do the job

me1
me1

Wow...he finally makes one prediction that will actually happen. Frankly, they are lucky to have won that many games. Wasn't 2 of those early season wins last second luck?

jim991
jim991

As a dolphins fan, I say give Ryan a new 5 year contract

Don5
Don5

How has it been a season to remember for the Jets? The one highlight has been the play of the defensive line, otherwise its just been another year for a turnover-prone team devoid of offensive talent. This all coming from a Jets fan, this has not been a great year to say the least.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Ravens passed on naming their defensive coordinator Ryan to their vacant head coaching job, i think they knew something.

Michael164
Michael164

Memo to Rex: Start checking flight schedules to DFW. You and Jerry Jones are a match made in heaven.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Well no kidding, you need to win pal.

kj4027
kj4027

He won with Eric Mangini's team. With the exception of Sanchez, Mangini built the team that went to two AFC Championship teams. Ryan is a classless blowhard. The "Hard Knocks" show really killed that team  as it showed what a bunch of pompous aholes the Jets were and shed a lot of light on Ryan.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

I guess the players are not playing real hard for you in this game either.....

Matthew W
Matthew W

Well yeah....he took over a good team and slowly turned them into a laughing stock. 

What do you expect when you regress every single year? 

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

Keep Rex - he made BIG strides as a leader this year and he will only get better. As a Jets fan I am tired of losing but even more tired of rebuilding with new coaches.

M20
M20

Firing Rex would be stupid. With this team's personnel, winning even 6 games is a miracle.

slickwilly
slickwilly

@cjkrewBrady was a good quarterback, not great yet when the Patriots won their first SuperBowl in 2001. Brady didn't shut down those high-powered Indianapolis offense with Peyton Manning twice during the SB years, once holding them to 3 points.  Belicheck won 11 games in 2008 when Brady was lost for the entire year. Yes, Belicheck has had an all-time great quarterback but he's also shown himself several times to be one of best, if not the best, head coaches in the league.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@grkorbel Not according to the quotes from Jones, look it up and see for yourself. 

esgalan2
esgalan2

@psychsportsCan you lease stop spamming for your website ? It gets so annoying that I decide to never to get a look at it..

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@JohnLyons Its a good thing for Rex that what you think will save his job, what with all the speculation all over your post. O-line needs to be strengthened? Duh. Receiving corps needs help? Understatement of the century. Corner help? Of course. Geno might improve with a better O-line? Please dude. Get your head out of your rear end. Your team is atrocious. And will remain atrocious, with or without Rex.

struckanerve9
struckanerve9

@me1Yeah.  Because LUCK really factors into Non-Colts games in the NFL. 

Jai2
Jai2

@jim991Patriots fans agree with you. There's a first

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

He took over an above average aging team. Personnel decisions on all ends are to blame for not preparing for the drop off. Given this roster today, it s a wonder they actually have 6 wins this season so far. Hopefully they go 8-8 and they fire Rex because then good luck convinving a good head coach to take over this team. Never know what you got till its gone.. As a Raider fan I know because lord knows I would rather still have Tom Cable as coach instead of Dennis Allen.

swampdonkeysp
swampdonkeysp

I would like to see him with a good qb. Sanchez and Smith were both not rated very highly by many scouts entering their drafts.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@M20   Rex is gone. Woodie is pretty tight with stupid. Stupid has been one of Woodie's most trusted advisers over the years and is considered by many to be the one that convinced Woodie that Mark Sanchez was a future HOF QB. He also convinced him that Santonio Holmes had overcome his attitude problems and chronic injury history. I'm sure he'll be a key influence in any decisions Woodie makes.

MichaelO'Connor
MichaelO'Connor

@Jai2@jim991From a Bills: by all means. After we crush New England this week you'll know who the new AFC East beast will be!