Accustomed to coaching in conference title games, Rex Ryan spent championship weekend with his son, Seth, visiting Texas Tech University where he hopes to walk on to the Red Raiders football team. A star defensive back for Summit High School in New Jersey, Seth, like his father and grandfather, has football in his blood.
The Ryan family can’t seem to stay away from the gridiron. As Rex aims to help the Jets return to title contention, Seth aspires to play in the college ranks and make some noise in the process. Seth was denied redshirting his senior season by the NJSIAA and has since shifted his focus to pursuing his top college choice in Texas Tech. While Rex spent Sunday in Texas, he was spotted Sunday in Mobile, Alabama, evaluating the country’s top collegiate stars.
With holes to fill and players to replace up and down the roster, Ryan and new general manager John Idzik look to have all hands on deck in order to bring Gang Green back to respectability. Owner Woody Johnson told reporters this week that former general manager Mike Tannenbaum was the driving force that brought Tim Tebow to the Big Apple. As the ripple effect from this bombshell reverberates throughout the New York media, the Jets have more pressing personnel issues to worry about.
As New York looks to establish a new front office regime, it’s clear Ryan is wasting little time this offseason searching far and wide for talented players to help bolster a top-heavy depth chart. During a two week interview process, Idzik emerged as the clear cut top choice and spent an informal sit-down session with Ryan discussing football philosophy. While Ryan and Idzik share a similar vision for the Jets, New York’s general manager will have final say over all personnel decisions, a much different arrangement from when Tannenbaum filled that same position.
With a new offensive coordinator in Marty Morningweg, defensive coordinator in Dennis Thurman and quarterback coach in David Lee, the Jets are well on their way to a complete makeover aimed to wash away the bitter taste from this season's 6-10 campaign.