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Jets start over, fire head coach Rex Ryan, GM Idzik

Four straight seasons out of the playoffs is enough for New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik Monday, a day after the team finished 4-12.

Four straight seasons out of the playoffs is enough for New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who fired head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik Monday, a day after the team finished 4-12.

Ryan met privately with the owner before 8 a.m. ET and one final full-squad meeting was scheduled after that.

"I informed Rex Ryan and John Idzik that they will not be returning for the 2015 football season," Johnson said in a statement. "Over the years, Rex brought the Jets a bold confidence and a couple of great postseason runs."

Johnson, who also thanked Idzik for his "significant contributions," confirmed that former NFL general managers Ron Wolf and Charley Casserly are advising him in a coaching search that is already underway.

"We will consider all options to improve the Jets," Johnson said.

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Ryan's defense finished in the top 10 five of his six seasons -- they were 11th in 2013 -- but the Jets finished no better than 8-8 since 2010 and won only 12 games on Idzik's two-year watch. His first, and perhaps most damning, move upon joining the franchise from the Seattle Seahawks' front office was working to trade All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis for draft picks. One of those picks was used to acquire quarterback Geno Smith, who has not played well in committing 41 turnovers in two seasons.

Ryan, 52, has a 45-51 regular-season record in six seasons as the Jets' coach. In his first two seasons with the team, 2009 and 2010, the Jets advanced to the AFC Championship Game each season. Over the past four seasons, New York finished 8-8 twice, 6-10 and 4-12.

The New York Daily News reported Ryan expects to be a head coach elsewhere or work in television next season.

Ryan, previously was the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, cleared out his office at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J., in anticipation of being fired. Multiple media outlets reported that Jets consultant Casserly was already contacting potential replacements.

Idzik previously held front office positions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and Seahawks.

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