Uncertain Offseason Ahead For Ryan, Jets
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — After closing a disappointing season with another loss, coach Rex Ryan was eager for another chance to lead the New York Jets to the playoffs.
Who’ll be on that team — at quarterback, offensive coordinator and even general manager — remains the question as the beleaguered coach and his turmoil-riddled team prepare for an uncertain offseason following a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
According to ESPN, Woody Johnson will fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano after just one season.
“I want to be here,” Ryan said. “This is the team that I want to coach. Nobody else’s. Obviously with only six wins and all that stuff I’m sure there will be some Jets fans that maybe wish I wouldn’t coach the Jets. But guess what — I know I’m the right guy for the job.”
There are questions at quarterback, with starter Mark Sanchez’s job security increasingly unsettled after another sloppy performance.
The Jets (6-10) closed their second straight year with three consecutive losses. Since taking the Jets to those AFC title games, Ryan has gone 14-18.
Sanchez knows he and Ryan can rekindle the magic that allowed the Jets to make it to two consecutive AFC championships.
“This is where it all started, and this is where we’ve had a bunch of fun,” Sanchez said. “We know we can be successful here, so hopefully things work out and it happens.”
Sanchez didn’t ease any criticism. The 2009 first-round draft pick finished 17 of 35 for 205 yards with an interception — his 18th of the season — and a lost fumble. He also directed an offense that once more lacked finish, settling for two field goals on three trips inside the Bills 20.
It was Sanchez’s first start in two weeks after he turned over the ball five times in a 14-10 loss at Tennessee. He got the start after third-stringer Greg McElroy complained of concussion-like symptoms on Thursday.
“There’s a lot of potential in this organization,” Sanchez said. “We’ve had success here before, and I know we can do it again.”
“We just didn’t execute, and it starts with the quarterback,” Sanchez said. “I have to be better.”
Tim Tebow was a non-factor once again for New York, just as he has been all season. Tebow was in for just a single play in what is likely his final game with the Jets. New York will try to trade the popular backup quarterback or release him this offseason after acquiring him from Denver last March.
“This year has had its ups and downs, but it was a great learning opportunity for me,” Tebow said. “I try not to speculate on the ‘what ifs.’ I just tried to help this team however I was asked, and just tried to stay ready to go.
NOTES: The Bills had the sticker “WWFD” on the back of their helmets, honoring two West Webster Fire Department firefighters who were shot and killed while responding to a fire in the Rochester, N.Y. suburb on Monday. … Jets PK Nick Folk kicked three field goals, including a 47-yarder, and also had a 30-yard attempt blocked by DT Marcell Dareus. … Bills PK Rian Lindell missed wide left from 50 and 46 yards.