After six years as head coach of the Jets, Rex Ryan has been relieved of his coaching duties. GM John Idzik paid with his job as well.
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The New York Jets have announced the firing of head coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idizk.
This morning Woody Johnson informed John Idzik and Rex Ryan that they will not be returning to the team in 2015.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 29, 2014
After a 4-12 record that resulted from a combination of a quiet free agency period, terrible drafting, and the inability to develop QB Geno Smith into a franchise QB, the Jets decided they needed a clean break from their head coach, who had been with the Jets since 2009, and their GM who was only in his second year with the team.
In a six year career with the Jets, Rex Ryan led the Jets to the AFC Championship game twice with QB Mark Sanchez, but the team never had a winning season in four years following. Known as a defensive genius, Rex Ryan’s team never finished lower than 11th in yards allowed in six years with the team – but the offense floundered, never developing a QB such as Mark Sanchez into a franchise QB even after they invested heavily in him.
Idzik joined the Jets after former GM Mike Tannenbaum was fired at the end of the 2012 season. He was a salary cap guru with the Seattle Seahawks and the Jets needed to navigate their way out of salary cap hell. In his first season he traded CB Darrelle Revis for a pair of draft picks – one became future Defensive Rookie of the Year Sheldon Richardson, the other became WR/KR Jalen Saunders, who was cut one month into the season.