After years of support for head coach Rex Ryan, Jets owner Woody Johnson fired the long-time coach.
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New York Jets owner Woody Johnson admitted in a press conference on Monday following his firing of head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik that there may have been a disconnect between the two.
Johnson listed off some of his regrets in the press conference, but near the top of the list was his decision to hire Idzik before the 2013 season while keeping Ryan on board after a 6-10 season, a move that may have limited interest from some other candidates for the general manager job and one that Johnson says he thinks about differently “in retrospect.”
Johnson said that he’s not sure if there was a disconnect between Ryan and Idzik, but intimated that things didn’t work well when he said that the relationship between the men in those jobs has to be “mutual” and that Ryan didn’t get players that fit his scheme. He said that Idzik had a plan that led to the team having a mountain of cap space, but that the team “probably” should have spent more money. Johnson said there was no directive not to spend money and identified one player that he would have liked to spend that money on.
The Jets finished 4-12 in 2014 after finishing 8-8 in 2013.