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No Surprises

Black Monday is here, and true to expectations, the Jets fired John Idzik and Rex Ryan.

Idzik was a disaster from day one, and set the franchise back years.  He did leave plenty of salary cap room for his successor, which is about the only good thing that can be said for him.  He was bad at drafting and worse at free agency.

Firing Rex was a huge mistake, though.  Gang Green will have a hard time finding anyone even half as good.  All that talk about Jim Harbaugh was as empty as I suspected.  Rex will turn up again as head coach, and soon, and will lead his new team to the playoffs... sooner than the Jets will be returning there, I fear.

So the Jets need a new GM, a new head coach, and... most of all... a quarterback.  It makes no difference who occupies the front office and stands on the sideline so long as Geno Smith and Michael Vick are the choices behind center.  With Rex and his defense, we only needed an adequate quarterback to win; without them, we need someone good enough to go up against Tom Brady twice a year.

The future does not look bright.


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Dec. 29th, 2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
Rex Ryan
With your Jets fan perspective, is there any reason the Bears SHOULDN'T hire Rex Ryan as their next head coach? He's currently my favorite for the job of replacing Trestman.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex Ryan
Rex would be a great pick for the Bears. Your defense is one of your biggest problems, and Rex would turn it around, restore the Monster of the Midway to their former glory.

Your other big problem is Cutler, however. Not sure Rex can fix that one. He was not able to fix Sanchez or Geno Smith, for sure.
Mary Ellen Wofford
Dec. 29th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
The talking heads on ESPN seem to think that Rex will turn up again as a head coach, probably sooner rather than later. The consensus seemed to be that the Falcons and he would be a good match.

One thing that is in no doubt as far as I can discern, Ryan was well beloved by his players.

Dec. 29th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
The fish rots from the head down
Hi George. Not a Jets fan (as a Dolfan, I actually enjoy the Jets' struggles, although yesterday was no bueno), but the problem goes beyond even the quarterback. The Jets will have either the fifth or the sixth pick and seem likely to take Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, but neither will solve their problems. So long as Woody Johnson owns the team, the toxic environment will persist. His history will lead to the top GM candidates passing on the gig, which in turn will make it hard for coaches and quarterbacks to thrive. Unless Woody commits to letting good people do their jobs instead of interfering with the back pages in mind, nothing will change for this team. While my own perpetually mediocre team struggles to find itself, that will be the source of my football-watching joy every fall.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: The fish rots from the head down
I don't think we can land Mariota with the sixth pick. Jameis Winston might fall to us, but picking him would be another type of disaster. New York City would only magnify his off the field issues. The Jets would be better served by picking up some veteran journeyman quarterback in free agency.
Re: The fish rots from the head down - davids44 - Dec. 30th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: The fish rots from the head down - nycfalcon - Dec. 31st, 2014 09:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: The fish rots from the head down - grrm - Dec. 31st, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sean Hall
Dec. 29th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Who are you rooting for in the playoffs...if any team at all? Even though I'm a massive Cowboys fan, I always root for the NFC East teams to have deep playoff runs to make the division, as a whole, look better. I only hate the Giants, Redskins and Eagles in the regular season.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Playoffs
I hate the Cowboys all the time, and will be rooting against them... and against the Patriots in the AFC.
Dec. 29th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
I sympathize
As an Eagles fan, I too am disappointed by this season. But hey, there's still some great football to watch. Good luck to the Jets next season.

First time commenter and a huge fan of your work. Happy holidays and best wishes for a great 2015.
Dec. 29th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
NFL: Playoffs
If the Cowboys win the Superbowl this year I am going to be depressed. We can not let Walder Frey (I mean Jerry Jones) win a Superbowl.
Dec. 29th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Brad Buckles
Dec. 29th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that. I know that you were hoping the Jets would keep Rex beyond this season.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Rex land in San Fran. I've heard they have a coaching vacancy...

Maybe the new regime will ship Vick AND Geno to the Bills.

Dec. 29th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
It was pretty obvious corporate needed to do something drastic. Best of luck getting a dependable QB - we've been trying for decades with no success.
Dec. 29th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
Bad Season
It's unfortunate the season ended how it did, but I think the Jets have a very good defensive line to build off of. If they can draft a few good corners they'll have one of the better defenses in the league. Though with Rex gone I'm not sure how they'll do next season. As far as the offense goes I think Vick and Geno should battle it out, I'm biased towards Vick though. At least the Giants look kind of promising with Odell Beckham.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Bad Season
Vick is done.
Re: Bad Season - tjcav - Dec. 30th, 2014 04:22 am (UTC) - Expand
Brandon Campbell
Dec. 29th, 2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
Texan Fan
Believe me when I say I feel you. The only thing more depressing after another losing season is not having a Qb, and we have never had one. I feel a bit like the north...Leaderless. Speaking of the seven kingdoms how is writing going?

Hope it goes well and at least occupies your time away from thinking about the depressing Jets and Giants seasons. There's always next year.

Thanks for you continued fan interactions.

Brandon Campbell

Edited at 2014-12-29 09:17 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
Futile Effort But I'll Try
We did just respond to each other, about a week ago in regards to Rex's value as a headcoach, but as fruitless a task as it may be I feel I must try to console & corral you into believing this is for the best.

To do so, I will point to my favorite and your most despised coach as an example. Billy B was a bit slow on the uptake defensively, as far as personel goes. One might have even called the man stubborn, but he did finally come around and start drafting players that were quickier and more classically athletic rather than the vince wilforks of the world. He adapted to the rules changes over time and put more emphasis on the skills that take advantage of those rules changes. Granted, he has been pretty horrendeous at drafting anyone that plays on the outside of the field.

Rex is still trying to win games the way his dad wanted to win (damn near 30 years ago)....Ground and pound on offense and play tough nosed defense. You can not win (at least not in the regular season) with a run-first offense anymore. Say what you will about Idzik, but I think you might be a bit naive in thinking Rex didn't have a significant say in the QB's that were drafted (the Sanchize for sure).

The Jets have shown nothing on Offense for his entire tenure, and been in the bottom third statistically (even in the "good" years). Rex gets guys to play hard for him, but he doesn't exemplify the steadiness that is needed to show a QB how to lead a team.

He very may well end up on a team with an established QB that just needs someone to come in and be a glorified defensive coordinator (Atlanta???) and win some games, but it wont last. It will never last with him. Players' coaches never work out in the long run.
Dec. 29th, 2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
You win or you die
You win or you die.

4-12? This decision was obvious.

I cannot in good conscience watch the Jets so long as Michael Vick is still signed on to their team.
Dec. 30th, 2014 01:05 am (UTC)
Mr. Martin, as a science fiction author and football fan did you have an special interest in the Bitcoin Bowl? (Took place ion December 26, 2014, NC State vs. UCF) What's your stance on bitcoin, by the way?
Dec. 30th, 2014 03:42 am (UTC)
I don't think I have a stance on bitcoin. And I don't follow college football, just the pros.
Sharon McQueary
Dec. 30th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
super bowl
I feel for you with the Jets woes, but Seattle to win it all again!
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