The Jets just finished their worst season in five years, their worst season of the Rex Ryan era, one that led to the firing of their general manager, and still no one has talked about it. For whatever reason, Ryan and owner Woody Johnson aren't talking to the press about the state of the franchise until Tuesday, apparently breaking some sort of NFL rule about having a press conference within a week of the end of the season. Ryan, as Deadspin discovered yesterday, isn't even in town: He's in the Bahamas with his wife. Cue the outrage!
The Jets beat writers have been furious with Ryan and the Jets for refusing to talk to them, and on one hand, it's difficult to blame them. After all, the Jets left lots of unanswered questions — amusingly, soon-to-be-fired offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is still hanging around the team offices, pretending to work — and the beat folks are all sitting waiting for them to be answered while Ryan is off gallivanting in the tropics. (Rex Ryan, Gallivanter.)
On the other hand ... you know, it has been kind of nice to have a few days off from the Jets, hasn't it? Ryan isn't so much avoiding questions as he is getting the hell away from a madhouse, shit-show season, one driven at least in small part by the people waiting for him to answer those questions. It's not right that Ryan broke an NFL rule by heading to the Bahamas, and it's certainly irritating to those who cover him ... but as a human being, man, we sort of can't blame him?
Besides, it's only a few more days before Ryan has to face the music and talk about Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow and Sparano and all of the rest of the mess. Actually, now that we put it that way ... he can go ahead and stay in the Bahamas for another week. We're not ready to talk about the Jets yet either.
One last thing about the Jets today, from Gary Myers at the Daily News. Myers reminds that next year's Super Bowl will be in East Rutherford, which means the AFC champion will have access to the Jets' locker room. Which means:
The Jets and Giants will be hosting the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium next year. The AFC team will practice at the Jets facility; the NFC club will be at the Giants facility. There have been a lot of low points in Jets history, but if the Patriots are in Super Bowl XLVIII and Belichick has the run of Gang Green’s headquarters in Florham Park, the Jets might as well just cease operations.
Yeah, that's probably a reason to cheer for the Texans next year.