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Rex Ryan is going to be fired, or is he?

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Rex Ryan is surely going to fired after this season, right?  Not so fast.  Whenever something is a given with the Jets, that is concerning.  Everyone expects Rex Ryan to be fired at the end of the season, but there is one factor that everybody is forgetting to take into account.  And that is Owner Woody Johnson.  Throughout this whole Jets debacle, Johnson has not come out once and criticized Rex Ryan.  It has been well documented over the years that Woody loves to have Rex around as coach, and even though Rex deserves to be fired today, the final decision is up to Owner Woody Johnson.  

Some coaches the Jets could go after are Jim Harbaugh if the San Francisco 49ers want to trade him and Mike Tomlin of the Steelers if they miss the playoffs yet again.  However, these two coaches are not guaranteed to be available in the offseason.  And that brings to the forefront the question, is Woody Johnson comfortable with letting Rex go and having to deal with the unknown for the Jets coaching vacancy?  I think the answer to that is no and that is why I believe that Rex Ryan will stay and General Manager John Idzik would be the one to go if any changes are made.  To reiterate, I think that both Ryan and Idzik should be fired today and never allowed back in Metlife Stadium, but whenever people are so certain on something with the Jets, the Jets tend to surprise people.

Woody Johnson would be a fool for hanging onto Rex, and the reason he would hang onto him is because he puts friendship before winning.  Woody Johnson also cares more about the back page headlines Rex creates rather than the games the Jets could win with a better coach.  Until proven otherwise, there is no reason to believe anything else about Woody Johnson's mindset.  Johnson is much more loyal to Ryan than he is to Idzik, so there is still a chance Ryan stays.  Every Jet fan always thinks to them self,"it can't get any worse than this, right?"  The answer is it can!  The next rock bottom for Jet fans will be when Rex stays and the Jets continue to spiral into oblivion as the laughing stock of football.

THE FIX:  The Jets have no choice but to fire Rex Ryan, John Idzik and draft a quarterback with most likely a top 5 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft this spring.  Failure to do one of these three things will further set this franchise back.  Oregon QB Marcus Mariota as the Jets starting quarterback with coach Jim Harbaugh at the helm sounds much better than what is in place right now.  However, if Rex Ryan is not fired, it should not be a surprise.

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