Woody Johnson also announces in statement that Rex Ryan will remain the Jets head coach. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 31, 2012
Woody Johnson on keeping Rex Ryan: "I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team." #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 31, 2012
This good news for Ryan comes on the heels of the announcement that Jets owner Woody Johnson has fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum (h/t Jets official Twitter account).
With a 6-10 season satisfying no one in the franchise, Ryan’s ability to keep the team afloat despite the horrible play of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has been rewarded with another chance to bring New York back to the postseason in 2013.
Wholesale changes had to be made, though, and letting Tannenbaum walk after watching the lack of depth and mediocre talent across the board doom the team’s season was enough to warrant the move.
Ryan is one of the best defensive minds in the game, but the offensive issues that plagued the Jets in 2012 are too much to ignore. Johnson and the Jets’ organization must find a great offensive mind to match with Ryan in order to be a real contender next season.
Add in a big offseason full of free-agent acquisitions, elite draft picks and stars returning from season-ending injuries (Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes), and New York could easily be a contender in 2013 with Ryan at the helm.
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