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Ryan's ego will cost him his job

By Travis J. Brown | Dec 21, 2012
Travis J. Brown

Rex Ryan is likely to be fired from his post as the head coach of the New York Jets at the end of this disappointing football season.

But it will be his fault. His stubborn nature has kept him from having a chance to keep his job.

Even after a 3-6 start, Ryan stuck with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Even after Sanchez threw for an underwhelming 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions during those nine games, Ryan stuck with Sanchez. Now the Jets are 6-8 and will miss the playoffs. It’s unconscionable.

All the while, Ryan has had a proven winner sitting on the bench. Sure, Tim Tebow may not be the best quarterback in the NFL. He may not be the traditional drop-back passer. But, with the risk of sounding like ESPN’s Skip Bayless here, all he does is win.

Last season, the Denver Broncos began the season 1-4 with Kyle Orton starting under center. So head coach John Fox benched Orton in favor of Tebow. The Broncos went 8-5 the rest of the season — including a six-game winning streak — and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs. Unlike Ryan, Fox wasn’t too stubborn to make a change.

In the offseason, the Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and traded the now unnecessary Tebow to the Jets for fourth- and sixth-round draft picks. Tebow probably wouldn’t have started or seen the field much playing behind Manning, but Sanchez isn’t Manning (not even on his best days). Why hasn’t Tebow seen the field in New York? Only Ryan knows.

It’s not like Tebow has played poorly when he’s seen the field for the Jets. In very limited action, he’s completed six of his eight passes for 39 yards and rushed for 102 yards on 32 carries. But now that Ryan finally had the nerve to bench his “Sanchize” quarterback after a four-interception performance in Monday night’s 14-10 loss at Tennessee, he’s skipped over Tebow in favor of rookie third-stringer Greg McElroy, who will start on Sunday against the Chargers.

Ryan never wanted Tebow on his squad, and he’s let his ego get in the way when it’s come to playing the proven winner. It appears that that ego will cost Ryan his job.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Dec 27, 2012 12:21

I first met Russ in 2005. His father left him when he was a young kid and a relative raised him. They were so poor that they used rolled up duck tape to make a ball and that was how he first learned to bat and play ball.



Russell Reid Ortiz (born June 5, 1974 in Encino, California) is a Major League baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. Ortiz has previously played for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Baltimore Orioles, and San Francisco Giants. He is 6'1" tall, and weighs 220 pounds.

Ortiz attended Montclair School in Van Nuys, California before he continued on to the University of Oklahoma. In 1994, he pitched for a Sooners squad that would win the College World Series. In 38 innings, he had three saves and 30 strikeouts.


Ortiz was on the move again in 2005, this time to Arizona as the Diamondbacks tried to overhaul their starting rotation and line-up after a 111 loss season the year before. Arizona's hefty four-year, $33 million dollar deal lured the righty to the desert, but the pitcher who had never spent as much as a day on the disabled list in the previous seven seasons, battled a rib fracture after winning four of his first six games for the D-Backs. When he returned from the disabled list, Ortiz proceeded to lose six straight decisions and ended the year on a 1-9 slide.


2006 saw another injury (this time to his calf) and more poor pitching performances. On June 13, 2006, Ortiz was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks as he sunk to 0-5 with an ERA of 7.54. The five losses contributed to 1-14 mark from May 2005 to May 2006, and the Diamondbacks simply could not afford to allow Ortiz to work out his issues at the major league level. With nearly $22 million dollars and over two and half years remaining on the contract, Arizona's cut of Ortiz is thought to be the most expensive release in Major League Baseball history(Drew Pearson).

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