With a loud bark he arrived, and with a whimper he will leave.
There is no bigger figure in the NFL than Rex Ryan. That is no jab at the waistline that I have no doubt mimics my own, but serves to describe a head coach who is more caricature than person.
Always quick with a soundbite, Ryan is as much a brilliant hype machine as he is a leader of men. Sadly, the big man’s era has taken a dismal turn.
Jets fans could only hope for the days when a Ryan promise went unfulfilled, because this week it is all about silence and acceptance. The Jets head into their final game with a horrendous outlook in regards to the playoffs.
Another season where the Jets were to contend will end with them falling short of the Super Bowl, only this time the distance is unacceptable.
The Jets need to beat a Miami Dolphins team that has been far better in the second half of the season. Even if that happens, they still need a tremendous amount of help in the form of losses for the Bengals, Titans and Raiders.
Essentially, it is time to consider the offseason as having arrived for the Jets. Ryan has done the honorable thing in taking all the heat. The buck does stop at him after all. Here is what he had to say to reporters.
I know Brian takes a ton of the heat, he’s taken heat. Sanchez has taken heat. I’m taking heat, that’s fine. It should be on me. It shouldn’t be on coaches, players or whatever. I’m the guy that said we were the better team and we weren’t that day, so that should fall on me, the criticism should be on me. And trust me, I know a bunch of it is, and rightfully so.
I hate to say it, but the guy has a point. It’s time to consider that the Jets are in for a few changes, one might have to be in who leads this team next season.
It seems almost unthinkable that Ryan would be absent from the Jets sideline, but the era of promises has come and gone with nothing but emptiness.
At some point a new regime must be instituted. The Jets entered another season where they were supposed to contend and took a huge step back, and now that must be addressed.