Rex Ryan, the antagonistic, bombastic head coach of the Jets, has apparently been muzzled by a paranoid front office .
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In one of the more bizarre cases of bad management within the New York Jets organization, the team’s public relations department allegedly refused to allow head coach Rex Ryan to give an interview about his visit with his ailing father.
In an article from Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Mehta revealed that he tried to interview Rex about his recent visit to his father Buddy Ryan, who has been battling cancer for several years now, but a member of the Jets PR department refused to let Mehta conduct the interview. When Mehta asked the official who said he couldn’t talk to Rex, the official allegedly said, “I don’t have to tell you.”
Speculation is that embattled Jets GM John Idzik is to blame. Mehta stated in his piece that there is a semblance of paranoia in the Jets front office and that Idzik has been trying to prevent members of the organization to talk to the New York Daily News, a paper which has been highly critical of the Jets and Idzik especially this season.
The Jets have fallen to 2-9 on the season, their 4th straight year without a winning season or a trip to the playoffs, and fans have even taken to putting up billboards calling for Jets owner Woody Johnson to either fire Idzik or sell the team.
Buddy Ryan was the New York Jets defensive line coach when the won their first and only NFL title in Superbowl III. He later took on the defensive coordinator position for the Chicago Bears and invented the 46 Defense to create arguably the greatest defense of all-time in 1985 en route to a 15-1 season and a win in Superbowl XX.