It used to be going so well for Rex Ryan in New York. The former Baltimore Ravens defensive co-ordinator had been given his first head coaching gig with the Jets.
Ryan even made the playoffs in his first two seasons with Gang Green and had made a name for himself as one of the best young coaches in the National Football League.
And then he started losing. And he made Geno Smith his starting quarterback. And now the former 'destined for big things' Ryan is apologizing for being an embarrassment to the team. What a fall from grace.
According to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, Ryan has come out and apologized to Jets owner Woody Johnson and Jets fans for the team's woeful season.
“I’m embarrassed for myself, absolutely. I feel like I’ve let my owner down. I’ve let our fan base down. There’s no doubt.” - Rex Ryan
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But all the blame with the New York Jets shouldn't land at the feet of Ryan. His players have been woeful too.
The Jets have been absolutely terrible this year, and had to take to just running the ball on near enough every single play against the Miami Dolphins on Monday. That's how bad they are.
More tellingly however, that's how bad Geno Smith is. The Jets threw the football just 13 times and Smith still picked up an interception. When you consider how well Mark Sanchez is doing now with the Eagles, it makes it all the more galling for Ryan and co.
And then there is John Idzik, the GM that has refused to bring in any decent free agents, drafted incredibly poorly and failed to hang on to any of the Jets star players. That's a recipe for failure and there's no wonder Jets fans want Idzik fired much more than they want to see Rex go.