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Rex, Woody still in silent mode

TOUGH TIMES FOR REX There may be no

There may be no New York sports figure whose image suffered more in 2012 than Jets coach Rex Ryan, who began the year intending to tone down his bluster and shtick, which he did. But he was affected by the Tim Tebow debacle to the point that by late 2012, he was being accused of evasions at best and fibs at worst. He did have a great line about Greg McElroy’s 11-sack start at QB: “When he wasn’t on his back, I thought he did some good things.” Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

At some point this week, Rex Ryan will have to address the media. The only question is when.

Per the NFL's media policy, head coaches must hold news conferences during the week following the end of season. The Jets' disappointing year ended Sunday with a 28-9 loss in Buffalo.

Owner Woody Johnson continues to remain silent while searching for a new GM. And so has Ryan.

Unfortunately, it's the fans -- not the media -- who remain in the dark about what went terribly wrong in 2012. The Jets pride themselves on being transparent. But while the other 31 NFL teams made their head coaches available this week, Johnson has kept Ryan hidden from view.

The Jets likely want to keep everything under wraps until they secure their new GM. But that "organizational decision" shouldn't preclude Ryan from discussing the many failures of this past season -- and why the team he thought could be his best ever, stumbled to a 6-10 finish.


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