The New York Jets fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik

By SI Wire
December 29, 2014

The New York Jets have fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik, the team announced on Monday.

Ryan’s tenure ends after six seasons and a 46-50 record. He led the Jets to the AFC Championship game in his first two seasons, but New York missed the playoffs in each of the past four years while compiling a 26-38 mark. This season, the Jets went 4-12, including a 37-24 victory over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Ryan, 52, had told CBS during a production meeting before the Jets' game against Miami that he would not be interested in being a defensive coordinator for another team.

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Idzik was let go after only two seasons. As the team struggled, fans began voicing their unhappiness with the general manager by purchasing billboards around MetLife Stadium and creating websites that called for him to be fired. A plane towing a "Fire Idzik" banner flew over team practices this month.

"Both Rex and John made significant contributions to the team, and they have my appreciation and gratitude for their efforts and commitment," Jets owner Woody Johnson said in a statement. "Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs, which all of us will remember."

The Jets will have the No. 6 pick in the 2015 draft, which starts on April 30.

Johnson said that former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf and former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans GM Charley Casserly are being brought on as consultants.

"We will consider all options to improve the Jets," Johnson said.

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