New York Jets have been the laughing stock of the NFL for the past few seasons but on Black Monday they tried to regain some respectability by firing head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik.
Even though the decision to fire Rex Ryan was expected, the departure of GM John Idzik was more of a surprise because of the fact that the embattled GM has only had two years to try and turn around the fortunes of the franchise.
Idzik was never offered the opportunity to choose his own head coach, which is usually something afforded to a GM in the early years of their tenure. When Idzik came into the job at the Jets, Rex Ryan’s reputation was already plummeting.
Forced to work together
Despite this, Idzik was forced to work with Ryan during the last two years, something which Jets owner Woody Johnson has now revealed is his biggest regret. Johnson was speaking to the press on Black Monday about the future of the Jets after he fired both Ryan and Idzik. In his honest and frank interview, Johnson revealed that he should have fired Ryan a long time ago, revealing that his biggest mistake was to force both Ryan and Idzik to work together for the past two seasons.
Admitting that in retrospect it was a bad move to force Ryan on Idzik, Jets insider Brian Costello reported what Johnson revealed to the press with the tweet below.
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Idzik was hired to the Jets staff in January 2013 with the AFC East team attempting to make it back to the post-season. But rather than help the Jets return to the playoffs, Idzik and Ryan put their faith in Geno Smith as their quarterback, and the last two years are an example of how bad that decision was and how bad Ryan and Idzik were as a duo.
To say the Jets are better off without Ryan and Idzik would be an understatement.