Cryin' Ryan: Jets' implosion continues day after loss at Miami
First the Jets imploded Sunday in a playoff-denying 19-17 loss in Miami.
Then, on Monday, the moral collapse continued as the team broke up for a long, long offseason. Only this time, as opposed to the viciousness of Santonio Holmes' huddle explosion with tackle Wayne Hunter that got him pulled during Sunday's last drive, this final indignity took on almost comic proportions.
Coach Rex Ryan wept in front of his team as he pleaded, three weeks late, for unity. Holmes, leaving a locker room full of enemies now, was escorted out without comment to the press by the public relations director. Media-friendly Darrelle Revis left quietly without comment.
And linebacker Bart Scott offered a one-fingered salute and an epithet to a cameraman who dared to take his picture amid rumors that his Jets career might be over.
Add to that a number of players who anonymously described Holmes as "a cancer" and said that he quit on the team as early as three weeks ago, and the full picture of an 8-8 team that fell apart spiritually and competitively even as it controlled its playoff destiny becomes ever clearer.
Ryan later called making Holmes a captain a "huge mistake" and said he won't have any captains next season.
On top of that, Ryan admitted he never understood what was happening in the locker room.
"I don't think I had the pulse of this team as I had in the past," Ryan said.
The scene solidified the fact that changes - perhaps drastic ones - are on the way. Beleaguered offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was given permission to interview for the Jaguars' head-coaching job; he could no longer be a Jet regardless of the outcome with Jacksonville.
Reports indicate San Diego's head coach Norv Turner, who could be fired in the coming days, or Rams OC Josh McDaniels, could get the nod.
General manager Mike Tannenbaum must also figure out what to do with his errant captain and newly dubbed pariah Holmes, to whom is owed another $16 million of guaranteed money during the next two years.
"We'll have some hard decisions to make a couple of months from now, but I like our nucleus," Tannenbaum said.