Link: Right move at the right time

Steve Serby writes for the New York Post that the Jets made the right call by staying their hand when it comes to the Jets head coach:

Idzik could have insisted on hiring his own man, and Johnson could have rubber stamped it and they would have been the Same Old Jets welcoming a fourth HC of the NYJ since Tom Coughlin arrived to coach the Giants.

Some may see keeping Ryan as Johnson’s unwavering blind loyalty to a favorite son.

I see it as an important growth of his stewardship.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It’s a great point by Serby. Since the Jets last three coaches have all been assistants or coordinators with little-to-no head coaching experience, part of the process is letting those coaches mature and grow. After the 2012 season ended, what Woody wanted to see from Rex was progress and maturity from his head coach. Rex’s demeanor and the way the team played this year might have demonstrated just how much he’s grown. Since Idzik’s arrival, Ryan has worked well with the first year GM and seems to know when to take a backseat.

2013 was a tough year, but the long-term gains from doing the hard thing by taking austerity measures with the roster this year will only help the team all the more in 2014 and beyond.

Of course, expectations will be high for Ryan and the Jets in 2014, but after the last month it’s hard not to feel like I’d want it any other way.




9 comments
mrblint
mrblint

THe Jets came in at 8 and 8 just as I expected - the so called experts really drove most fans and press to underevaluate the jets this year due to idiotic circus nonsense. In reality, Rex is always going to have a good defense and often a great defense. The thing people did not recognize as the preseason played out was the improvement in the offensive scheme. The offensive talent was prro and yet the offense was MUCH improved this year in preseason. So I think the really under appreciated factor this year was the contribution of Marty M. I think the Jets would have been a playoff team this year if they had avoided the receiver injuries. This young group of receivers needed continuity, but the rash of injuires and limited practice made that impossible. Marty did a great job of avoiding a death spiral given these circumstances . As Westhoff said they did a great job given the lack of Offensive talent. With more depth next year We should see significant improvement.

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

As long as Mr. Idzik prevents Ryan from making 'emotional' personnel moves, i.e., Holmes, Sanchez, doesn't give him too much authority on Draft Day, and relegates Ryan to defense-coaching only, the Jets, I think, did the right move in retaining the HC.

I think what's to be done with Ed Reid will indicate a lot: if he's cut, and he should be as he's basically finished [the interception yesterday signifies nothing] and can easily be replaced by someone far younger, that means, IMO, Idzik's running the show. If Reid is kept on the roster, you know Rex Ryan has used his considerable gifts of persuasion to make that happen. It means the Ryan emotionalism has won out again.

levi
levi

This thread lacks that pic of Rex "flipping the bird" to his haters.

levi
levi

Can we just cancel the playoffs and Superbowl? I want to move straight to the off season and see what Idzik is gonna do.

karlhungus
karlhungus

@Jim Israel Reed came back off a major injury this year. He has expert knowledge of the Ryan D, and he played better each week he was with the team. I have no problems bringing him back on a one year deal, if for no other reason than to be an on field leader for OTA's and camp...if he can still play, its a bonus, and if he cant, then you cut him or let him retire during camp. No reason to toss him aside just yet...

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

@karlhungus@Jim IsraelYour point about training camp is well taken, but he is a free agent at this point. He's not signing a contract unless there's real money involved, so signing him to a 'one-year deal' on a lesser-sized contract is probably not possible and,even if he is signed, if he's cut later, it's fiscally irresponsible. I just am opposed to signing these old geezers who are playing mostly on reputation alone -- just wipe the slate clean. Remember Art Monk? Ronnie Lott? They were done by the time they came to the Jets.

Jim Israel
Jim Israel

@Bent@Jim Israel@karlhungus 

I must respectfully disagree about Lott: he was OK as a Jet initially, but was never the player he was with the 49ers. I am just opposed to taking on these veterans late in their careers -- they carry so much 'legacy' baggage, that, I think, it somehow restricts moves a team can make once the 'once-great' player is on the roster. Look at Reid: hasn't he limited the playing time of Allen, who probably at this stage needs all the experience he can get? Long term, these 'geezer' moves don't work.

Bent
Bent

@Jim Israel @karlhungus Lott was great for the Jets.  The whole big-spending era is remembered as a disaster and Lott is lumped in as part of that, but he played really well and should absolutely not be used as a reason never to sign an experienced player ever again.