Ryan has been the Jets head coach for six seasons. In the NFL six years is a lifetime. Ryan burst onto the scene with the Jets back in 2009 as he took a team with a rookie quarterback to the AFC Championship game. Most people thought it was just luck but he proved those doubters wrong.
In his second season he brought his team back to the AFC Championship game and many believed Ryan was destined for greatness. However, after four straight seasons of missing the playoffs the writing is on the wall for Ryan to make his final exit from the big apple.
It has definitely be an eventful six years to say the least and most Jets fans don’t want to see Ryan go, but it is time to move on from the guy who promised a super bowl on a couple of occasions.
Ryan earned his keep by making it to two AFC Championship games. However with missing the playoffs four straight years and his teams getting progressively worse it is hard to make a case for him to stay. Most people say that he didn’t have enough talent this season and they are probably right. But when your teams haven’t made the playoffs in four years it’s time to look in the mirror.
Black Monday is fast approaching (where most NFL head coaches are fired) and you can expect Woody Johnson to clean house. There have been reports earlier in the week that Johnson is hiring former general managers Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to consult him on finding a new head coach and possibly a new general manager. This could be the best case for the organization to start fresh. One thing is for sure whoever comes in as the head coach or general manager should really be thanking John Idzik for clearing so much cap space and for getting a top five draft pick.
It has been one roller coaster ride these last six years with Ryan at the helm and it will be weird to not have him cracking jokes or making guarantees next season, but this is for the best. The Jets need to bring in some fresh blood to Florham Park to reenergize the team and fan base, that all starts on black Monday. A new era of Jets football is coming and the fans should be somewhat excited. Even though things are bleak right now in the near future the Jets could turn it around.