The coach, who once looked like the lamest of the lame ducks, now finds his booming voice restored within the walls of his facility. Ed Reed is a New York Jet. Ryan is a big reason why.
Idzik already had dispatched his scouts to check Reed's game tape before Ryan even reached his office. Still, it provided a window into the relationship between Ryan and Idzik, an arranged marriage that wasn't given much chance for survival.
"Everybody was assigned to do different games on him, see where he's at," Ryan explained to reporters. "And we did the same thing as a staff, and then we all got together and a decision was made. A team effort in that we would like to obviously get Ed. When he cleared waivers, we were able to accomplish that."
"Living in the moment," Idzik said.
That reality keeps Ryan's Jets future cloudy. Still, Thursday counted as a good day for the coach. His team is alive, and his voice matters. Surprises abound in Florham Park.