|Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters he was concerned for his job after coming "nowhere close" to meeting expectations. (AP)|
After several days of silence, Jets owner Woody Johnson and coach Rex Ryan finally addressed the media. Myriad topics were discussed, including Ryan's admission that he feared for his job following the Jets' disappointing 6-10 season.
"I was concerned because I knew the year we had was nowhere close to the expectations we had as an organization," Ryan said. "I know how committed Woody is to the fan base and everybody else. He wants to build a consistent winner. The fact that we were 6-10 obviously wasn't close to what Mr. Johnson's expectations were, and our expectations. So absolutely I was concerned."
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For his part, Johnson confirmed that, regardless of who is chosen to replace Mike Tannenbaum as general manager, Ryan will be the coach in 2013.
"My confidence in Rex [has been] stated many times," Johnson said. "We're gonna have all the pieces to put something really great on the field, led by Rex.
"I feel very confident we're gonna change this thing."
The two also covered several other items, including:
- Ryan's plan for a more "physical, attack-style" offense. First-year offensive coordinator Tony Sparano was fired Monday, and the search for his replacement has begun in earnest.
- Mark Sanchez may start feeling the heat. Ryan intimated that the quarterback race would be wide open in 2013, with significant input from the yet-to-be-named offensive coordinator.
- Johnson offered no solid timetable on when the GM search would come to an end, dryly stating, "when the process is over, it's over." He did mention the importance of the new GM and Ryan establishing a rapport.
- Ryan promised the Jets would be "dangerous." He offered little by way of what he meant by that.
- In all, the Jets will be looking to replace their general manager, both coordinators, and their quarterbacks coach. Figures to be a busy offseason.
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