The New York Jets are cleaning house.
Head coach Rex Ryan and General Manager John Idzik have both been fired from their respective positions, the Jets announced Monday morning.
Since making back-to-back AFC Championship games in 2009-2010, the Jets have failed to compiled a winning record, and finished with an unacceptable 4-12 record this season.
Team owner Woody Johnson acknowledged the moves in a statement.
“After extensive thought and reflection about the current state of our football team, this morning I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 season. Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment. Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember. I am beginning our search for new football leadership, effective immediately, with guidance and support from respected football experts, including Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf, two Super Bowl winners with decades of valuable experience. We will consider all options to improve the Jets. Getting the Jets back on track is my top priority, and today’s decisions are important steps towards achieving our goals.”
After rallying to finish 8-8 last season, this season was a make or break one for Ryan and Idzik, but a 1-8 start followed by a clown show of a mid-season press conference from Idzik proved to be too much to overcome.
It got so bad a Fire John Idzik website, billboards, t-shirts, and rally towels were all created, and there were planes carrying banners over the teams practice facility.
As Johnson said in his statement, the Jets will now be relying on a duo of consultants in Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf to bring in the necessary pieces to get the team back to respectability.