The Daily News has learned that Ryan, the swashbuckling point man who dominated the headlines for the past four seasons, has intimated to “anyone who will listen” that he would be better off getting fired if Johnson isn’t willing to rectify player personnel and coaching issues on offense, according to sources.If the bag of goods we're trying to be sold is just a ploy, I don't believe it would be appropriate to put my thoughts in writing.
Sources confirm that Ryan prefers to stay with the Jets if his owner is willing to pour in all the necessary resources to breathe life into one of the most anemic passing offenses in the league. Although Johnson’s bottom-line budget is unknown, sources said that Ryan won’t simply resign if the owner isn’t willing to make sufficient changes.
“He won’t quit,” a team official said.
At that point, one plausible scenario beneficial to Johnson would be to buy Ryan out of his contract with an agreed-upon financial settlement.
Otherwise, Ryan would essentially be coaching for his job next season. Without a significant upgrade in offensive talent, the Jets would be a borderline playoff team at best.
If the bag of goods happens to have some validity, it's not all that difficult to see Ryan's viewpoint. The quarterback has a lot to do with how far an offense can go and in the case of Mark Sanchez he simply cannot elevate those around him. In the same breathe he also hasn't been surrounded by talent suitable to his strengths either. This will be Rex's fourth season with the team and I should think he understands that if nothing changes offensively, whether it be coaches, players or both, then there will be little, if any, room for improvement in 2013 which means he will continue to get blamed, fairly or unfairly so, for something that he in part has no control over.
But that leads us to wonder how much of this is Rex's own doing? Sanchez was his guy. Sparano was his hire. Holmes was his guy. Hunter was his guy. Mike Tannenbaum might have had the authority to pull the trigger but Rex played up their abilities through the media and when they didn't deliver, it was disappointing for everyone involved.
Rex has never been one to quit anything so I have no doubts he would continue to do his job but it wouldn't be with the same bravado that we saw change the culture of the team only four years ago. If Woody isn't willing to invest now, the Jets could be paying for a lot more headaches in the very near future.