Rex Ryan says he’s ’embarrassed’ for himself, feels he let Jets owner, fan base down
Beleaguered New York Jets coach Rex Ryan gave a pretty honest assessment of how he has a prominent role in the nightmarish scenario that has played out this season as his team has stumbled, tumbled and played its way into an awful 2-10 record.
With a 16-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins in which the Jets blew a 10-3 halftime lead fresh in his mind, Ryan indicated on Tuesday that he is ashamed of how the team for which he is the figurehead cannot manage to get out of its own way. A
“I’m embarrassed for myself, absolutely,” Ryan told reporters, per the New York Daily News.
Ryan admitted that not only has he let the team down, he has let down its owner, Woody Johnson, as well as the Jets’ passionate — and disappointed — fans.
“I feel like I’ve let my owner down,” Ryan admitted. “I’ve let our fan base down. There’s no doubt.”
Ryan’s comments followed an awkward post-game press conference where a dejected and despondent head coach appeared on the verge of an emotional breakdown as it seemed the frustration of the horrible season — not to mention the undeniable eventuality that he will be fired by the Jets at season’s end — finally got the best of him.
“I can’t believe we’re 2-10,” Ryan said, per NJ.com. “What a joke. … I feel sick. We can’t buy a win.”
Ryan’s comments clearly reveal that he cannot begin to fathom how the Jets managed to reach this point of dysfunctional ineptitude.
“I get it, the year hasn’t gone anywhere close to what we were thinking,” Ryan admitted in a huge understatement.
But it goes deeper than that. After reaching the AFC Championship following the 2010 season, Ryan’s Jets have stumbled, going 8-8, 6-10 and 8-8 in the past three seasons, respectively, records certainly not good enough in the white-hot media spotlight that goes along with the already tremendous pressure of coaching in New York.
Ryan almost surely will be fired immediately following the team’s final game of the season, a Dec. 28 showdown with the Miami Dolphins. Rumors indicate that Ryan may be in high demand for an analyst role on television, where his bombastic personality and affable demeanor definitely would play well. Some estimates indicate that Ryan could rake in between $3 million and $5 million per year for a network job.
Coaching, whether it be landing another head coaching position or taking a step back career-wise into a defensive coordinator gig also are among Ryan’s options. But he’s not worrying about his future at the moment. Instead, he insists all he’s focused upon is the team’s next opponent, the Minnesota Vikings.
“I got no comment on that,” the coach responded when asked about his possible future in television and the potentially lucrative payday it would entail. “I just want to win. That’s what I want, I want to win this week when we play Minnesota and that’s what I want.”
That may be the case, but for Jets fans, management and ownership, the season — and Ryan’s ultimate dismissal — cannot come soon enough. Since Ryan is only one cog — albeit an important one — in the Jets machine, unless other changes are made, Jets fans should be careful what they wish for.
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