Ryan remains as head coach for Jets
Another Jets employee is out. Gang Green announced Tuesday that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano will be looking for work. This comes a week after they fired their general manager. But through it all, YNN's Kevin Garrity tells us why head coach Rex Ryan remains.
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NEW JERSEY -- After all the unrest, two straight seasons of missing the playoffs, a six and ten record this past season, losing the pulse of his team last year when the lock room became unruly and headlines for all the wrong reasons in the local tabloids, after all of that, Jets owner Woody Johnson has decided that Rex Ryan deserves top stay as head coach of his team.
Johnson said, "Rex Ryan is perfect for the New York Jets. He is just like a fan. No one wants to win more than he does. I'm totally happy with Rex as the head coach.”
"I’m approaching this day like it’s my first day on the job. I appreciate the opportunity that Mr. Johnson has given me. This is it for me. A new chance,” Ryan said.
In a jam packed media room at the Jets’ Florham Park, New Jersey facility, the head coach and the owner tried to lay out a game plan going forward. Right now, they need a new general manager, a number of new assistant coaches and for Ryan, he feels he needs this one more shot to right all the wrongs.
Ryan said, "I haven't done as good a job at implementing who I am over the last four years. I want a physical, unpredictable team/”
And the other million dollar question is will Mark Sanchez remain as the starting quarterback? Ryan and Johnson were not prepared to put that in stone.
"We need to get the general manager and the offensive coordinator in place," Johnson said.
Ryan said, "I will discuss it with whoever the offensive coordinator is and the best player will play.”
Ryan has certainly been humbled by the negatives the past two years, but one thing still hasn't changed: His bravado when talking about his team is unmatched.
"I’ll tell ya this. We are gonna be a dangerous team. You are not going to want to play the Jets," Ryan said.
With this press conference out of the way, there are still a lot of questions to be answered: Who will be the next general manager? Who will be the offensive and defensive coordinators? But maybe most important of all, who will be the quarterback of this team next season?