Nine days after the New York Jets closed out their circus-like 2012 regular season with a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills, head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson met with the media to discuss what went wrong with the team this season and how the two men plan to fix the organization going forward. The first order of business is to find a general manager to replace Mike Tannenbaum, who was fired last Monday. The club has focused its search on San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble and Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, who is scheduled to have a second interview with the team. Johnson discussed the search process, of which Ryan is an active participant. “We’re looking at somebody who can guide this team to the next level of success, and really, change the dynamic that yields more consistent success on the field,” Johnson said. “In terms of specific characteristics, I can’t get into that yet. The candidates we’re talking to are exceptionally good. Each one brings something different. I’m encouraged with what I’m seeing so far.” Ryan discussed how he made the decision to part ways with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, the team’s second offensive coordinator in as many seasons after parting ways with Brian Schottenheimer after the 2011 season. Ryan said that one of his failures as head coach has been his inability to get the offense to adopt the same attacking, aggressive and unpredictable style of the team’s defense and special teams units.
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