Following his second consecutive disappointing season at the
helm of the New York Jets, coach Rex Ryan is reportedly telling anyone that
will listen that he’d be better off being fired if the team isn’t willing to “rectify
player personnel and coaching issues on offense,” reports Manish Mehta of the
New York Daily News.
The Daily News has learned that Ryan, the swashbuckling
point man who dominated the headlines for the past four seasons, has intimated
to “anyone who will listen” that he would be better off getting fired if
Johnson isn’t willing to rectify player personnel and coaching issues on
offense, according to sources.
Mehta considers it unlikely that owner Woody Johnson would
fire Ryan, considering the coach has two years and more than $6 million
remaining on his current contract. However, Ryan hasn’t been provided
assurances that he’ll be back for next season.
Ryan’s comments would appear to be pointed directly at
offensive coordinator Tony Sporano, but he could also be signaling a break from
quarterback Mark Sanchez.
The Jets are in the midst of a 6-9 season. While they rank
12th in the NFL in rushing, they’ve totaled the third-lowest amount
of passing yards in the league in 2012.
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