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12:54 PM ET 12.31 | The New York Jets will not fire Rex Ryan after a dismal season, as owner Woody Johnson announced that he'll retain the head coach while firing GM Mike Tannenbaum, according to reports. The Jets are moving on without Tannenbaum, as well as reportedly firing offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. But Ryan is apparently safe, and will be back in 2013 to coach the team.

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December 31, 2012  01:04 PM ET

I guess the Rumors of Rex replacing Gruden in the MNF Booth will have to be put on hold.

December 31, 2012  01:04 PM ET

So glad!! What would a circus be like without its ringmaster anyway???

December 31, 2012  01:22 PM ET

2013 Jets Theme Song....

December 31, 2012  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

2013 Jets Theme Song....

For the 2012 team video they're using the theme from the Benny Hill show.

December 31, 2012  01:28 PM ET

And the rest of the AFC East smiles.....

December 31, 2012  01:34 PM ET

I guess the owner feels the show must go on!!!!!!!!

December 31, 2012  01:52 PM ET

I wonder what kind of non-photoshopped pic's Ryan has of Johnson's feet.....

December 31, 2012  01:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I wonder what kind of non-photoshopped pic's Ryan has of Johnson's feet.....

He definitely has pictures. Not sure they're of Woody's feet but Rex definitely has pictures.

December 31, 2012  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He definitely has pictures. Not sure they're of Woody's feet but Rex definitely has pictures.

It's not that. Woody likes the headlines and Rex has a big mouth and gets in the papers. And getting in the papers is all he cares about

December 31, 2012  02:03 PM ET

Rex will be on a short leash. If he can't get past 8-8, I'd expect him to be gone.

December 31, 2012  02:20 PM ET

The Jets are sticking with sexy Rexy? Unbelievable.

December 31, 2012  02:21 PM ET

Every time he talks, I am like Homer Simpson imagining clown cars and the clown song plays in my head.

December 31, 2012  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Jets are sticking with sexy Rexy? Unbelievable.

Cheaper to keep him, apparently. At least Woody Johnson fired Mike Tannenbaum outright. There was talk that Mike T. would be kept around in a reduced role. That wouldn't have been a smart move.

December 31, 2012  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Jets are sticking with sexy Rexy? Unbelievable.

Nothing is unbelievable when the Jets are involved

December 31, 2012  03:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Rex will be on a short leash. If he can't get past 8-8, I'd expect him to be gone.

With Sanchez back next year there is no way in hell that the Jets improve from this past season's lack of success.

December 31, 2012  03:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

With Rex back next year there is no way in hell that the Jets improve from this past season's lack of success.

Fixed.

December 31, 2012  03:06 PM ET

And in keeping with the Jets classy outlook they cancelled their press conference, Rex cancelled his usual radio appearance on espn radio and the team will not be taking questions of any kind

December 31, 2012  03:07 PM ET

Everyone is acting like the Jets had a stellar roster to begin with. I am by no means a Jets fan, but when you are relying on a rookie WR as your WR1 and no solid RB ...what do you expect. ZERO weapons and the GM is the primary reason behind that. poor drafting and poor acquisitions...poor contract management. sure Rex had some say...but the man who's job description is to handle roster and budget is the one who rightfully got the Axe. now perhaps they can get some type of success in this years draft despite losing out on draft picks when they acquired Tebow....another move I think went over the pay grade of Rex. I think he did a decent job this year. they should focus on getting a QB that can actually throw the ball to compete with Sanchez...not a PR stunt. They need WRs..and they need to draft a good RB. Defensively they need to get someone who can put constant pressure on the QB. They gotta figure out what to do with Revis and getting him back on the team. Its a lot and the lack of draft picks doesn't help...but they need to get back into the game. Perhaps with better scouting to start.

December 31, 2012  03:46 PM ET

I figured he'd be the first one to go. I guess he's playing footisie with somebody!!

 
December 31, 2012  03:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Everyone is acting like the Jets had a stellar roster to begin with. I am by no means a Jets fan, but when you are relying on a rookie WR as your WR1 and no solid RB ...what do you expect. ZERO weapons and the GM is the primary reason behind that. poor drafting and poor acquisitions...poor contract management. sure Rex had some say...but the man who's job description is to handle roster and budget is the one who rightfully got the Axe. now perhaps they can get some type of success in this years draft despite losing out on draft picks when they acquired Tebow....another move I think went over the pay grade of Rex. I think he did a decent job this year. they should focus on getting a QB that can actually throw the ball to compete with Sanchez...not a PR stunt. They need WRs..and they need to draft a good RB. Defensively they need to get someone who can put constant pressure on the QB. They gotta figure out what to do with Revis and getting him back on the team. Its a lot and the lack of draft picks doesn't help...but they need to get back into the game. Perhaps with better scouting to start.

well said, and they should send Tebow to J,Ville

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