Why Does Rex Ryan Feel Like He Can’t Be Fired By The New York Jets?
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is a confident guy. If you don’t know that by now, then you obviously haven’t been paying close enough attention to the Jets in recent years. On several occasions, he’s picked his team to make it to the Super Bowl. He’s never been shying about putting his feelings for opposing teams on display. He’s provided more than enough bulletin board material for teams in the weeks leading up to games. And, if there’s been one coach who has been quoted more than all the others recently, it’s Rex Ryan. The guy isn’t shy about expressing his opinions.
But, over the Labor Day Weekend, Ryan expressed one opinion that may come back to bite him in his big, er, you-know-what. Leading into the 2012-13 NFL season, there have been more than a few people who have said that Ryan’s job security could be on the line if the Jets fail to have a good year. Specifically, they’ve said that Ryan could lose his job if a locker room mutiny takes over the team like it seemingly did late in the 2011-12 NFL season. But, Ryan doesn’t see things that way. In fact, he doesn’t think there’s any question that he’ll be the Jets coach for a long, long time.
“I know I’m a great coach,” he said on ESPN’s The Michael Kay Show yesterday. “What makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the players that play for me, and everything else this organization has for me. It’s hard for me to look at myself not being successful. I don’t even see [getting fired] as a possibility.”
So, does Ryan have a valid point here—or is he just blowing smoke up his own you-know-what and trying to talk himself into a few more years on the job? It’s a little bit of both. On the one hand, it’s not like he hasn’t had some success with the Jets during his brief tenure with the team. He’s got a couple of AFC Championship Game appearances on his resume to prove it. But, he also needs to start to realize that Jets fans want to see the team be as successful—and, more importantly, as consistent—as their division rivals, the New England Patriots. They don’t just want a coach who talks a big game. They want one who delivers and who doesn’t have to worry about his job because he’s doing it well.
Can Ryan do that? If so, then he won’t have to worry about losing his job. But, if he loses control of the team this season like he did last season, he might want to blow the dust off his resume. Because, no one is above getting fired in the NFL. Not even Rex Ryan.