The New York Jets have announced that owner Woody Johnson informed both HC Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik that they have been fired this morning.
This morning Woody Johnson informed John Idzik and Rex Ryan that they will not be returning to the team in 2015.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 29, 2014
Johnson has released a statement regarding the moves:
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 post-season 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.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that the Jets will move swiftly and fire HC Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.
Mortensen reported earlier in the day that Ryan was hoping to get a quick resolution regarding his status, so he can move on to a new job if he’s fired.
Ryan should find some interest as a head coach, but there has been plenty of talk that he could elect to take a job in television and wait a year to see what jobs are available.
It’s worth mentioning that Ryan has ruled out taking a defensive coordinator job.
The Falcons have come up as team that could have interest in hiring Rex as their new head coach, but Mike Smith has yet to be fired.
As for potential candidates for the Jets head coaching job, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports mentioned that consultant Charley Casserly is reportedly “very high” on Cardinals DC Todd Bowles and UCLA HC Jim Mora Jr is viewed as a “very strong candidate” within the Jets.
Some GM candidates could include: Texans scouting director Mike Maccagnan, Vikings assistant GM George Paton, Browns assistant GM Morocco Brown, Houston director of pro personnel Brian Gaine.
Since taking the job in 2009, Ryan has led the Jets to a record of 45-50 (.474) to go along with four playoff wins.
We’ll have more updates regarding the Jets as the news is available.