Mere days after the New York Jets earned a crucial victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers and solidified their chances of tying down an AFC playoff berth before the end of the season, head coach Rex Ryan finds himself answering all the wrong questions for the New York media.
Ryan has refused comment on a Deadspin.com report containing videos of what the site alleges is Ryan's wife declaring her love for feet, among other things. The video and the accompanying story are not especially lewd, by any accounts, but they do have the sports world abuzz over the imagined improprieties.
That this report has surfaced is a more damning reflection upon the news media culture we have so inelegantly cultivated in America over the past few years. Ryan should by all rights be answering questions about how the Jets will protect banged-up quarterback Mark Sanchez from a staunch Chicago Bears pass rush this week, or about how the team hopes to take momentum away from their huge win last week.
Though this incident (if indeed the story is even based in fact) by all rights ought to have remained private, Ryan has put his foot in his proverbial mouth too often. He has made dozens of mistakes and proven himself incapable of the sort of leadership an NFL team needs to win a championship. Read on for five reasons the Jets ought to kick Ryan to the curb.