D’Brickashaw Ferguson: “The season wasn’t as we expected. We had high hopes. We just couldn’t get it done.”January 2, 2013 – 7:00 am by Steven Cuce
The New York Jets put the finishing touches on a disappointing 6-10 season with a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills last Sunday. On Monday Jets owner Woody Johnson announced the firing of GM Mike Tannenbaum, but head coach Rex Ryan will remain as head coach.
One of the cornerstone players that Tannenbaum drafted was D’Brickashaw Ferguson. The Jets left tackle explains why the Jets offense lacked consistency.
D’Brickashaw Ferguson joined ESPN Radio New York with The Michael Kay Show to discuss the Jets firing GM Mike Tannenbaum, the inconsistent play of the Jets offense this season, this Jets team not having enough talented players to win games this season, Rex Ryan being an excellent head coach and the Jets offensive philosophy needing a change.
How do you explain a season like this and the firing of Mike Tannenbaum?
“The season wasn’t as we expected. We had high hopes and high ambitions. It just didn’t materialize into that and today we learned that Mike T getting let go and there’s a lot of hard decisions as far as choices that have to be made after a season that we’ve had.”
Why was the offense so stagnant during the course of the season?
“It was hard to tell. At certain points it was self inflicted wounds. At other times it was execution. There were a lot of things that didn’t flow as they should have. I think now we even look and say what didn’t go well? Why didn’t it go well? There’s multiple reasons why that occurred.”
Was this simply that the Jets didn’t have enough talented players to win this season?
“I think we always try to do our best. I guess ultimately this wasn’t our year. Whether that’s attributed to one thing or the other, ultimately it wasn’t our year. We have a lot of the same players on our team that we’ve had when we did have success. I don’t know merely if it’s saying the statement that it was the players or it was this. We just couldn’t get it done. I think it’s always frustrating when that occurs, but we just couldn’t get it done this year.”
Are you surprised Rex Ryan kept his job and should he keep his job?
“I think Rex is an excellent coach. He inspired us. He’s the type of coach…we’ve had success with Rex. This is the first time we are having these type of seasons. We are used to going to the AFC Championship, so I definitely think Rex has done an excellent job.”
Do you think the offensive philosophy needs to change? Does ‘ground and pound’ work in the NFL anymore?
“I really don’t know. I think we’ve had success in the ‘ground and pound.’ Does that mean it no longer is a successful approach? I don’t know if I can say that. Like I said we’ve had success with it. There’s other teams that have had success with it, but it’s really not an area that I have a ton of expertise in, so I am not sure.”