Rex Ryan finally addresses media about QBs, tattoos

  • By Marc Sessler
  • Updated: Jan. 8, 2013 at 01:34 p.m.

It took them (just a little bit) longer than the rest of the league, but the New York Jets finally held a season-ending press conference on Tuesday.

Speaking to Gotham beat writers for almost 40 minutes, coach Rex Ryan and team owner Woody Johnson announced that both offensive coordinator Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would not be back with the team next season. Sparano has been fired after just one tumultuous, unproductive campaign. Pettine, Ryan's longtime aide, has agreed to mutually part ways and seek work elsewhere.

4. The days of the ground-and-pound are over, my friends. The word "attacking" was used repeatedly by Ryan to describe the type of offense he seeks next season. The coach acknowledged New York has struggled to find an identity on offense of late. "We are going to be a dangerous football team," Ryan said, promising the Jets would be more Rex-like going forward: "I don't think I've done as good a job of implementing who I am throughout this team."

5. Ryan acknowledged he was concerned about being fired after a rough-and-tumble season left New York at 6-10 and out of the playoff race. "We were embarrassed at times last year," Ryan admitted.

6. Considering the state of the team, Ryan very much sounded like a man with a new lease on life. Wearing a crisp, white dress shirt and tie, Rex spoke of tomorrow as a new opportunity: "I'm approaching this day as if it's my first day as a head coach ... this is a new chance for me. This is a beginning."

7. Despite all the pretty words, this is a team in flux, with more questions than answers, more holes than strengths, no matter how the message is spun.