Ryan was part of the package when John Idzik took over as general manager. Sticking around for another season might come back to bite Rex, but it isn't likely to hurt Idzik. Not according to what a league source explained to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News on Saturday.
"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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Jets owner Woody Johnson adores his coach, but Ryan widely is viewed as fighting for his job. Still, when Rex spoke with NFL Network's Kimberly Jones last month, he brushed off the notion of a win-or-else campaign.
"There's no way anybody's going to feel bad for me," Ryan told Jones. "And they shouldn't. They absolutely shouldn't."
Maybe not such a bad place to be after all.