New York Jets owner Woody Johnson is now prepared to move swiftly Monday and fire general manager John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan, according to league sources.
Johnson is expected to remove any doubt about Ryan’s fate, even though a source earlier suggested the owner could wait for a new general manager to make the call on the popular coach.
Instead, the owner has decided an immediate house cleaning is necessary for both Ryan and Idzik, sources said Sunday night.
Jets owner Woody Johnson declined comment after his team’s 37-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. A team official says that Johnson has not internally revealed any decisions he is prepared to make.
Ryan cleaned out his desk this week at the Jets headquarters but sources say he has not been told he is out as the team’s coach despite his belief he is done.
Ryan evaded questions about his future after the Jets’ win. He said he hasn’t spoken to Johnson about his future.
When asked if he’d like to know his fate Monday, Ryan said, “You know, I guess.
“I don’t think it’s the appropriate time to talk about my situation,” he said. “Just understand that I’m not afraid of anything. I’m not afraid of what lies ahead. I can tell you that.”
The postgame scene was a stark contrast to last Dec. 29, when Johnson sparked a raucous locker room celebration by announcing to the team that Ryan would return in 2014. This time, Johnson walked briskly out of the locker room, declining to comment. He’s expected to hold a news conference Monday, when he will announce the changes.
“Woody will talk to me when he feels it’s the appropriate time,” Ryan said. “We’ll find out in due time. We’ll find out. Whenever that is, I think we generally know when these things happen.”
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