Some say it was a long time coming. Others don't believe he was given a fair shake. But one thing that's true is Rex Ryan's "schtick" has grown tired.
It was one thing when he arrived in New York in 2008 and declared that things were changing for the better. While not hitting on his Super Bowl promise, he did parlay early success into two AFC title game berths before things began to fall apart.
I gave him a pass when he arrived in Buffalo with the same bluster, same bravado.
But eventually like all things -- it got old.
Rex Ryan may be a players coach. Eve fans love him and the entertainment he provides. But he is not a coaches coach. Rex Ryan today is known more as a football caricature than an actual football mind. That is very sad considering coming from someone like myself who up until late last season was part of the pro-Rex faction for much of his head coaching tenure in both with the New York Jets and early on in Buffalo.
It is foolish to assume that Rex Ryan cannot nor will not acquire yet another head coaching opportunity in the near future. Given the amount of retreads we have seen in this league in the last decade it would definitely be dumb to dig Rex Ryan's career as a head coach into the grave.
I would however suggest to Rex that he did take a year off to re-charge and re-evaluate his future prospects.
My personal opinion he is better served either taking a job as a defensive coordinator where he does have some value.
Maybe kickstarting a career in television could be what the doctor ordered. I think personally Rex Ryan would be incredible on TV. I could see him playing a role similer to what Charles Barkley has successfully done with 'Inside The NBA' on TNT. It could be the next phase of rehabilitating his image.
Rex Ryan went 15-16 in his two seasons with the Bills and 61-66 overall.
In the meantime we will always have this moment to remember Sexy Rexy by.