FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Woody Johnson decided to completely clean house.
The New York Jets owner fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Monday, one day after one of the most disappointing seasons in franchise history.
With the Jets (4-12) failing to make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, Johnson chose to start fresh with a new coach and GM. He met with Ryan and Idzik on Monday morning after “extensive thought and reflection” and informed them they would not return.
“Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority,” Johnson said in a team statement, “and today’s decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals.”
Ryan was 50-52, including 4-2 in the playoffs, 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. But, in the end, there were not enough wins to back up all the big talk.
“Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember,” Johnson said.
Idzik lasted just two seasons after replacing the fired Mike Tannenbaum in 2013. Idzik was heavily criticized this year for questionable draft and free agency decisions.
Now, the Jets will look for a general manager and a coach for the first time since Johnson promoted Tannenbaum and hired Eric Mangini in 2006. Charley Casserly, a former NFL GM and current NFL Network analyst, and former NFL GM Ron Wolf are being hired by Johnson as consultants. Johnson called them “respected football experts,” and they will assist him in making the new hires.
“We will consider all options to improve the Jets,” Johnson said.
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