The hammer came down on head coach Rex Ryan and John Idzik after a terrible 2014 campaign. Most Jets fans will agree that they are on cloud nine when it comes to the Idzik firing while sad to see Rex Ryan go, the coach that took them to two AFC Championship appearances in Rex’s first two seasons as leading of the New York Jets.
John Idzik had only two years, Rex Ryan had six years in the Jets organization but most largely but the blame on Idzik over Rex, mainly because of Idzik’s two poor draft classes and his failure to get CBs, while letting Cromartie, who was there best CB at the time just walk out the door while failing to replace him which allowed the Jets to be killed by the long ball all season because of Idzik’s failure to address the secondary. The thing that more than likely did Idzik in was his very long, awkward and disjointed mid-season address where it came clear that he had no clue what he was doing with the Jets. The local sports media, such as WFAN and SNY, relentlessly killed him since him.
Rex Ryan will no doubt become a top coaching candidate, John Idzik likely will not find another job in the NFL, if so it won’t be GM and instead a very low office job because no one at One Jets Drive will give him a letter of recommendation after a horrible two years.
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The popular head coach brought the Jets out of relative obscurity in the world’s biggest market back in 2009. He led New York to the AFC title game twice in his first two seasons and even scored a book deal and contract extension. But he never reached the playoffs again.
The defensive-minded coach’s time was marred by inconsistent quarterback play, a knock on his resume that he was never able to overcome despite going through several different coordinators. The team drafted two quarterbacks in the first or second round — Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith — neither of whom could buoy an offense strong enough to complement Ryan’s dominant defenses. Ryan leaves the Jets with a 46-50 record.
Jets owner Woody Johnson issued a statement following the news.
“Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great post-season runs, which all of us will remember.