FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
With the Jets (4-12) failing to make the postseason for the fourth straight season, owner Woody Johnson opted to clean house Monday and start fresh with a new coach and GM. The team’s dismal record was the worst since 2007.
Ryan was 50-52, including 4-2 in the postseason in his six seasons with the Jets. His first few years were filled with guarantees, bold statements and two consecutive trips to the AFC title game. But in the end, there were not enough wins to back up all the big talk.
Idzik lasted just two seasons after replacing the fired Mike Tannenbaum in 2013. He was heavily criticized this year for questionable personnel decisions in the NFL draft and free agency.
Ryan wasn’t surprised by the team’s move and had already cleaned out his office before Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, according to multiple reports.
In a press conference after the game he told reporters who asked about his future, “I’m not afraid of anything, I’m not afraid of what lies ahead . . . I think what we all expect is going to happen is going to happen.”
Idzik had declined to speak openly about his future with the team.
Jets fans had rallied together to oust Idzik, even creating a website, FireJohnIdzik.com and paying for a billboard calling for his job outside of MetLife Stadium.
Official statement from New York Jets Chairman & CEO Woody Johnson:
After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season. Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great post-season runs, which all of us will remember.
I am beginning our search for new football leadership, effective immediately, with guidance and support from respected football experts, including Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, two Super Bowl winners with decades of valuable experience.
We will consider all options to improve the Jets.
Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority, and today’s decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals.