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."