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Rex Ryan takes heat off new Jets GM

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10:15 AM ET 04.14 | This season has the potential to do a tremendous amount of damage to Rex Ryan's reputation and ability to get another head coaching job. He was retained after last season for two reasons: Jets owner Woody Johnson truly does like him. And, he has two years at about $3 million per season left on his contract, and paying off Ryan and his staff would have been costly. Ryan remaining as Jets coach in 2013 was a condition of employment in the general manager search. At first, that seemed like a negative for general manager John Idzik, but as one NFL source outlined last week, having Ryan around to take the heat as Idzik implements his program, will work to the GM's advantage. "Rex provides cover for one year," the source said. "It's almost like having a shield. You can do what you need to do and the guy who is going to get the arrows is Rex. He is an easy target. John can stay behind the scenes like the Wizard of Oz."

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April 14, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Time To Get Out Of The Kitchen, Bro?

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April 14, 2013  10:42 AM ET

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THAT MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!!

April 14, 2013  10:52 AM ET

Ryan ought to just go take his act to the Arena League where he belongs.

April 14, 2013  11:18 AM ET

This season? Just this season?

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April 14, 2013  11:43 AM ET

There's one bullet in the gun Rex, take it and do the team a favor

April 14, 2013  11:47 AM ET

Arrow backstop... Rex, I think you have found your true calling....

April 14, 2013  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

There's one bullet in the gun Rex, take it and do the team a favor

Hmmm? Unless he is standing very very close to Woody at the time, then not much will change. Woody is the constant, guys like Rex are just the variable, the result is the same.

April 14, 2013  11:48 AM ET

So is Rex the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion?

April 14, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So is Rex the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion?

More like a flying Monkey

April 14, 2013  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So is Rex the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion?

Just one of the flying monkey's.

April 14, 2013  12:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So is Rex the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion?

He represents the lollipop guild.

April 14, 2013  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So is Rex the Tin Man or the Cowardly Lion?

Let's see...Tin Man had no heart, and the Cowardly Lion had no brain....

I'm thinking along with SD...but he's the CHIEF monkey

April 14, 2013  12:27 PM ET

Rex can Learn from His mistakes & Kat Von D!!!

April 14, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

More like a flying Monkey

Now that there's funny....I don't care who you are..............

April 14, 2013  12:59 PM ET

I was actually wondering if Rex could go the other way and really by Dorothy because of her fancy shoes and his thing for feet.

April 14, 2013  01:02 PM ET

A little weirdness going on with the servers today?

April 14, 2013  01:03 PM ET

All those arrows that the big windbag took could explain why he has shrunk in size. POP!

 
April 14, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Arrow backstop... Rex, I think you have found your true calling....

Pincushion Ryan.

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