NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Woody Johnson was tired of all the losing, the four straight seasons without going to the playoffs.
So, the New York Jets owner decided to completely clean house.
As expected, Johnson fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Monday, one day after completing one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
“We’re in the win business, and we’re not winning,” Johnson said at a jam-packed news conference at the team’s facility. “So, I thought this was something I had to do.”
With the Jets (4-12) sitting home for the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, Johnson chose to start fresh with a new coach and GM — and said the team already contacted the top candidates on his short list.
He wouldn’t reveal who they are, but Johnson made it clear he wants a head coach who is a presence in all three aspects of the team — offense, defense and special teams — which was a frequent criticism of the defensive-minded Ryan. He also indicated that the next general manager should have a strong background in personnel, which was regarded as one of Idzik’s shortcomings.
“It became pretty apparent during the season as we progressed that the team was not getting better,” Johnson said. “It was kind of obvious that we had to make a change. It was obvious to me, anyway.”
He met with Ryan and Idzik on Monday morning after “extensive thought and reflection” and informed them they would not be returning.
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, strong statements and two consecutive trips to the AFC title game.
“It was a long run and I think he had a tremendous impact,” Johnson said. “He made the team relevant in some respects.”
But, in the end, there were not enough wins to back up all the big talk.
“Rex was fully prepared,” Johnson said. “He was fine with it.”
Ryan met with his players for a final time and showed them a video of highlights of the team, and then thanked them for their efforts.
“I think everybody had the same emotion,” left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson said. “A feeling of sadness, a feeling of loss.”