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Rex Ryan says five Jets assistants won't be back in 2010

A day after losing the AFC Championship Game, the New York Jets are losing five assistant coaches.

Three coaches — assistant quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, special-teams coach Kevin O’Dea and defensive quality control coach Brian Smith — had their contracts expire and won’t get them renewed. Assistant defensive backs coach Doug Plank was fired. And pass-rushing consultant Chuck Smith left to become defensive line coach at the University of Tennessee.

Jets coach Rex Ryan said it’s just part of the business.

“We’re going to have, unfortunately the way everything is, there’s some guys on our staff that their contracts won’t be extended,” Ryan said. “They ran out, and some contracts will not be extended, and that’s unfortunate because some guys did a great job. I’d really rather not get into the particulars of things right now.”

Plank has a long history with Ryan. When Plank was a defensive back for the Chicago Bears, Rex’s father Buddy Ryan named the 46 defense after Plank’s jersey number.

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28 Responses to “Rex Ryan says five Jets assistants won't be back in 2010”
  1. slipkid says: Jan 25, 2010 6:25 PM

    Plank!

  2. Pervy Harvin says: Jan 25, 2010 6:26 PM

    Why??? Did he eat them on them on the flight home? After the peanuts ran out?

  3. The Voice of Reason says: Jan 25, 2010 6:28 PM

    Didn’t the same thing happen after Mangini’s first season as coach ?????

  4. Brewster says: Jan 25, 2010 6:33 PM

    “”We’re going to have, unfortunately the way everything is, there’s some guys on our staff that their contracts won’t be extended,” Ryan said. “They ran out, and some contracts will not be extended, and that’s unfortunate because some guys did a great job.”
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    Whhaaa? They did a great job but unfortunately some of their contracts won’t be extended?
    Yeah, that makes sense.

  5. schooney says: Jan 25, 2010 6:34 PM

    Hell they could not eat all the tacos he could so he fired their skinny asses

  6. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Jan 25, 2010 6:37 PM

    “Assistant” quarterbacks coach?
    “Assistant” defensive backs coach?
    “Pass rushing consultant”?
    Defensive “quality control” coach?
    Yeesh. I know these aren’t the good ol’ days when teams had like 4 coaches on the entire staff, but this is pretty ridiculous. I mean, the QBs coach needs an assistant? Really? It’s not enough that one coach basically has to do nothing but coach 3 or 4 players? He needs help doing it?

  7. ACo says: Jan 25, 2010 6:38 PM

    Curious as to why Plank was fired…I feel like there has to be something more to that.

  8. slipkid says: Jan 25, 2010 6:41 PM

    during season, rah rah rah
    afterwards, gtfo

  9. kr says: Jan 25, 2010 6:44 PM

    That headline looks worse than the reality. I think a lot of those guys, like O’Dea are Mangini holdovers. Surprised about Plank though

  10. Tufdan says: Jan 25, 2010 6:44 PM

    Now he doesn’t want to talk??

  11. troll_aikman8 says: Jan 25, 2010 6:48 PM

    That’s harsh. Maybe Plank didn’t give him his ‘tots.

  12. Hedley Lamarr says: Jan 25, 2010 6:50 PM

    What the hell is a ‘defensive quality control’ coach? No wonder the guy got fired – he probably couldn’t even define his job.

  13. Tomthebombtracy says: Jan 25, 2010 6:50 PM

    Wow…as someone who really doesn’t know how this works…here are coaches who were involved in getting their teams into late January and now they’re out…….and a lot of jobs have been filled. Unless they knew and were quietly networking.

  14. Bucforever says: Jan 25, 2010 6:58 PM

    Boy I hope somebody tells the Bucs about these guys. Maybe we can get them cheap since they were ” let go”. Coach Morris could really use the help. Maybe he could hire someone that he could deligate his head coaching duties to so he can concentrate on the defense more.

  15. GoBears84 says: Jan 25, 2010 7:12 PM

    hmmmm…..neat fact, thanks!

  16. Richm2256 says: Jan 25, 2010 7:13 PM

    Just when we start thinking Ryan really has got it together, he goes and wipes out a good chunk of the staff responsible for one of the best defenses in the league. This CAN’T be a good thing for the Jets, the only way to go is down.
    As a New England fan, I heartily like this move.

  17. ftomeo says: Jan 25, 2010 7:56 PM

    “Plank has a long history with Ryan. When Plank was a defensive back for the Chicago Bears, Rex’s father Buddy Ryan named the 46 defense after Plank’s jersey number.”
    So we know Buddy’s history with Plank, but what is Rex’s? You (and I’ve seen others) write as if father and sons are but one person.

  18. Sonny Mooks says: Jan 25, 2010 7:59 PM

    Assistant position coaches, while rare (and I’m not sure if this applies in this case or not) are usually/supposed to be proteges of the assistant coaches who can be promoted if/when the assistant coaches moves on/gets fired.
    Think of them as kind of like some kind of backup, who can be plugged in, without the team missing a beat, they learn, then get promoted, and take over, its kind of like a teams version of a minor league for coaches, that said, how the hell do you get fired for that ?
    Also, defensive quality control, is basically a glorified secretary/assistant, they break down film, and do the research and grunt work, including being a gopher, as long as you have a work ethic and a willingness to learn, you should be fine.

  19. cy farnsworth says: Jan 25, 2010 8:34 PM

    5 coaches were fired…none of them was even in charge of a unit.
    Nothing to see here.

  20. BWIII says: Jan 25, 2010 9:23 PM

    Hey Rex, how about pointing them to New England? After the run the jets (I hate them) had they certainly did a better job than the clowns we have in New England. But then again, maybe it’s the HC that has the problems…

  21. imabigdog says: Jan 25, 2010 9:24 PM

    Good thing the J-E-T-S did not make it to the super bowl, if so all the coaches would have been canned

  22. Bigbluefan says: Jan 25, 2010 9:40 PM

    He got rid of them because they were eating all the cake at lunch
    What an assclown this team was a dark horse and went almost yes almost it is the jets after all
    So lets get rid of 5 of the guys that helped get there
    I guess they know they will not have another shot for 10+ years so why have all that payroll
    Jets low class team shitty owner and with a ryan as head coach well that says it all

  23. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 25, 2010 10:24 PM

    # Pervy Harvin says: January 25, 2010 6:26 PM
    Why??? Did he eat them on them on the flight home? After the peanuts ran out?
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    ROFLMAO! Best laugh I’ve had in days!

  24. callmecougar says: Jan 25, 2010 10:26 PM

    Plank hid the gravy ladle.

  25. Krow says: Jan 25, 2010 10:37 PM

    Odd. Why would the coach need more scapegoats after the run they had?

  26. FootballFanatik says: Jan 26, 2010 12:40 AM

    BigBlueFan, you give your team a bad name. You were probably one of the assclowns I saw wearing green once your team tanked this season. Funny how everyone laughs at you when you post, you mental moron! You’re a loser and need to take your meds.
    Pervy….hmmm….okay, there’s a tie for Head Assclown. Maybe you and BigBlueFan can fight to the death. That would be the most entertaining thing either of you can offer the rest of the readers here.
    On behalf of all PFT readers, STFU!!!

  27. Adam says: Jan 26, 2010 3:16 AM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    January 25, 2010 6:26 PM
    Why??? Did he eat them on them on the flight home? After the peanuts ran out?
    nice one!
    If none of them were Rex’s guys, this makes sense.

  28. FootballFanatik says: Jan 26, 2010 10:41 AM

    I have to say the Rex fat jokes are very amusing…if they’re coming from 12 year olds. But, to big boys wearing big boy underpants, you just sound like idiots. You’re probably the same d-bags that made fun of the “slower” kids in your class. You should have more self esteem. Maybe more hugs from mommy would have helped?
    Come up with some adult commentary, or find a teen message board somewhere.

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