Jets head coach Rex Ryan’s fate appears to be sealed. Will GM John Idzik join him on the unemployment line come Black Monday?
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The writing has been on the walls that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan would be gone at the end of a terrible 3-12 season following Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Now there’s a strong indication that the bombastic head coach has already accepted his fate.
According to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, Rex Ryan has cleared out his desk at the Jets facility in Florham Park, New Jersey. Ryan, who the Jets hired in 2009 under former GM Mike Tannenbaum, led the Jets to a 20-12 regular season record in his first two seasons and back-to-back AFC Championship games – losing both to the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.
The news comes on the heels of Jets ownership announcing the hiring of former Washington and Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly as a consultant in an alleged evaluation of potential head coaches and GM candidates that most likely signals the end of Ryan’s tenure.
As for GM John Idzik, who was hired just over a year ago, fans have been clamoring for his firing for months after what was perceived by many as both a terrible period of free agency where no major positions of weakness were properly addressed despite over $20 million in cap space and a 2015 draft that yielded only two players with significant reps despite holding the most picks in said draft.
Fans are more angry at Idzik over the failures of the team than Rex Ryan, but many feel that because Ryan has missed the playoffs for four straight seasons that it is time for the team to move on.
The decision is expected to be made on Monday December 29th, on what is typically referred to as “Black Monday” – when the majority of head coaching and front office firings are made following the conclusion of the NFL regular season.