Rex Ryan accepted the New York Jets head coaching job in January 2009 and three months later his fate was tied to the team's first-round draft pick, Mark Sanchez. Yet after five seasons, including three straight on the outside of the postseason looking in, Ryan managed to stay with the team while Sanchez did not.

Still, the release of Sanchez on Friday didn't necessarily represent the permanent severing of ties between the quarterback and his former coach. Ryan will still have his tattoo.

Ryan previously made headlines for sporting a tattoo on his right arm that featured his wife, Michelle, wearing a Jets jersey with a large No. 6 on the sleeve. On Tuesday morning, Ryan told reporters that the recent release of Sanchez will not result in the removal of the tattoo.