Rex Ryan looking for fresh start with Jets

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Jets owner Woody Johnson said the team "failed this year."

The New York Jets went just 6-10 this season and finished in the cellar of the AFC East. But head coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday he's looking for a fresh start -- immediately.


More: Recapping Rex's presser


Ryan and owner Woody Johnson addressed the media for the first time Tuesday since the end of the season. With coaches being cleared off the team -- including offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, who was fired Tuesday, and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, whose contract was not renewed -- Ryan was one of the few kept around for the 2013 season and, maybe, beyond.

"I'm approaching this day like it's the first day. Period. My first day as a head coach. I have four years of experience, but that's how I'm looking at it," Ryan said Tuesday. "I've been given a great opportunity by Mr. Johnson to move forward. This is a new chance for me. That's how I'm approaching it. It's a beginning. It's certainly not an end."

Ryan said that in his four years as the Jets head coach he hasn't been able to imprint the aggressive style he's wanted in the offense. He said the defense and special teams have it, but he wants the offense to be more aggressive next season.

"Where I've come up short, in my opinion ... I don't think I've done as good a job as implementing who I am throughout this team," Ryan said. "I want a physical, aggressive, attack style of football team. Whether it's offense or defense. Unpredictable. That's what I want. I don't think I've done a good enough job to get that through to the entire football team.

"That's what I want. When we look for a new offensive coordinator, I want someone with that same type of belief and that same type of passion that I have."

The Jets are also looking for a new general manager. The team fired Mike Tannenbaum, who had been the general manager since 2006, last week. Johnson said Ryan would be involved in the search for a new general manager, but there is no timetable for a new GM to be in place.

Johnson and Ryan declined to talk about personnel -- because, they both cited, the team could look quite different with new coordinators in place -- but Ryan still promised a tough team next season.

"We are going to be a dangerous football team. I can promise you that," he said. "You're not going to want to play the New York Jets, because I know the mentality we're going to take."

Ryan would not comment on quarterback Tim Tebow, either, who the Jets acquired last offseason from the Denver Broncos.

"It's way too early to say what any of our players' future is. We need to get an offensive system in place and then we'll make those decisions," Ryan said. "Tim is under contract right now with our football team and that's what I know."

With all the personnel changes, Johnson said he never considered firing Ryan.

"Having been in business and football quite a while, you can recognize talent when you see it," Johnson said. "I think Rex Ryan is perfect for the New York Jets. There's nobody that's more committed to this team and has the skills to bring it forward than Rex. I'm totally happy with Rex as head coach."

Ryan also addressed his much publicized tattoo of his wife wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey. Ryan said he's had the tattoo for almost three years now.

"I know what you're thinking," Ryan joked. "Obviously, if Sanchez doesn't play better, that number's changing. That much is a given."

Johnson admitted that fans aren't happy with the team's performance in 2012. He said he and the team need to "build for a more sustainable success."

"We failed this year," Johnson said. "We're not happy. We're making changes to correct that."

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