Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Woody mum after loss
By Rich Cimini
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Jets missed the playoffs for the second straight year. That happened only once before on Woody Johnson's watch -- 2007 and 2008 -- and he ended up firing the coach, Eric Mangini.
The Jets' owner will have some tough decisions to make in the coming days and weeks.
"I'll talk to you guys after the season," Johnson told reporters as he walked briskly out of the locker room and toward the stadium exit after Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Titans.
Rex Ryan, who has two years left on his contract, was crushed by the defeat. A year ago, the Jets weren't eliminated until the final day of the season. This year, they have two meaningless games.
"It's a devastating loss, out of the playoffs, and it hurts beyond belief," Ryan said.
He was asked to elaborate, and he replied, "I could, but it's probably not appropriate. From a competitive standpoint, a competitor, which is what I am, I want to be in the big games. I want to coach in the big games and, obviously, this isn't where I thought this football team would be. There's no doubt about that.
"I thought we'd be in the playoffs, but that's now where we are."
Let the speculation begin.