New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, 52, has finally been relieved of duty.
After going 4-12 on the year, the Jets organization had seen enough.
In his first two years as head coach, the Jets had advanced to the AFC Championship Game. But in his sixth year, it was the Jets’ worst record under Ryan yet, and it was about time he was shown the door.
NFL coaches are on a short leash. It seemed like every year it would be Ryan’s last, but for some reason, he was still around.
After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season. 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 postseason runs, which all of us will remember.
Woody Johnson, owner of the Jets, announced on the team’s website Monday (Dec. 29) that Ryan and GM John Idzik were fired:
I am beginning our search for new football leadership, effective immediately, with guidance and support from respected football experts, including Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, two Super Bowl winners with decades of valuable experience.
We will consider all options to improve the Jets.
Ryan had an overall record of 50-52 as head coach for the Jets.