Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWith Rex’s job up in the air, what are some of the national voices saying about Rex and his status with the team?
Peter King wrote on MMQB what he thinks the Jets should do with their head coach.
I think the Jets should not fire Rex Ryan. Period. End of story. A 7-8 record with a game to go, with that team? Hardly a fireable situation. Extend Ryan one year (his contract is up at the end of next season) and push this decision off until the end of 2014. Ryan, and Jets fans, deserve that.
ESPN’s John Clayton leaves out the shoulds and focuses more with the cold realities.
Rex Ryan successfully motivated his New York Jets to a 24-13 win over theCleveland Browns. He told the team he expected to be fired, according to a Fox report. The win brought the Jets’ record to 7-8, much better than expected for the talent Ryan is working with on offense. Still, with a new general manager looking to make his own mark, expect a change at coach.
We know that Woody doesn’t like to unnecessarily eat contracts, so if the Jets do extend Ryan it might be as Peter King outlines.
Even so, Clayton’s read on the Jets’ situation might be the right one.
Never one to throw anyone under the bus, coach Rex Ryan told the press on Monday that the organization was all-in on beating Miami.
“Guys, I think the entire organization’s committed on trying to find a way to beat Miami,” Ryan said. “That’s the commitment that all of us have had to each other. We’re working on Miami, and that’s where 100 percent of the focus is. There’s nothing past Miami. It’s all about getting ready to play Miami.”
It’s a nice sentiment from Rex, but not one that we gather that GM John Idzik supports. TheJetsBlog has learned today that due diligence is being worked on around coaches that have ties to John Idzik. As of Monday, the Jets have snooped around defensive positional coaches that fit a certain profile. The names we’ve heard as a whole can be classified as smart, young, rising positional coaches who have shone in their respective work. Our first impression is that they might be hard to sell to the media in New York as head coaching candidates, but could be promising coordinators.
That of course does nothing but beg more questions.
It is well known that Ryan and defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman are very close friends. So, why would Rex fire his good friend, right hand man and first-year defensive coordinator in favor of a coach (or coaches) he’s never worked with?
Maybe someone should ask the guy who is treading down familiar well worn trails and isn’t helping Rex find a way to beat Miami this weekend.