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Dec 24

Should the Jets Fire Rex Ryan

(Note: Normally I would post this to my Jets site but for ease of posting I decided to post at OTC)

As the Jets moved to 7 wins I have seen a number of people stating that this is the best job that Rex Ryan has ever done coaching the Jets and that he deserves another season. Im not sure I agree with either, but let’s examine further

The “Best Job” Ever Done?

That would seem to be a stretch. While, on paper, the Jets had some expectations in 2012, expectations that were bolstered by the ridiculous trade for QB Tim Tebow, how much of the roster is that different than the team that Ryan went 6-10 with?

First let’s compare the offensive starters in 2012 versus 2013 in terms of snaps played:

 

20122013
QBSanchezSmith
RBGreenePowell
WRKerleyKerley
WRHillHill
WRSchilensNelson
TECumberlandCumberland
LTFergusonFerguson
LGSlausonWinters
CMangoldMangold
RGMooreColon
RTHowardHoward

 

Is this that much worse of a group?  Sanchez, a horrible veteran, was replaced by Smith, a pretty horrible rookie. The RB grouping of Greene and Powell in 2012 was replaced by the RB duo of Powell and Ivory in 2013. At worst that’s a push. The receivers and tight ends were the same. The lone significant downgrade on the team was Slauson to Winters and Ryan never seemed to care much for Slauson to begin with.

How about on defense?

 

20122013
DEWilkersonWilkerson
DEDeVitoRichardson
DTPouhaHarrison
OLBPacePace
OLBCoplesCoples
ILBHarrisHarris
ILBScottDavis
CBCromartieCromartie
CBWilsonMilliner
SL. LandryD. Landry
SBellAllen

 

I’d say the major downgrades here were at the Safety spots where Dawan was not as good as his brother and Allen not as consistent as Bell. The Jets did play 2012 for the most part without a Defensive Tackle because Sione Pouha was almost always injured so in many cases DeVito played the interior with Coples coming down and either Bryan Thomas or Garret McIntyre standing up. Those problems did not exist in 2013.

When it comes to evaluating the roster itself it stunk in both years. The main difference is there were simply expectations in 2012 and none in 2013. How did the overall results compare between the two seasons:

 

2012

2013

10+ point wins

3

2

Quality wins

1

2

17+ point losses

6

4

10+ point losses

7

7

Margin of victory

11.8

5.7

Margin of loss

16.5

18.8

SOS Wins

0.401

0.409

SOS Losses

0.578

0.558

 

We saw an increase of 1 in quality win, which is simply defined as a win against a team with a record above 0.500. That would be the win against the Saints. The Saints are 3-5 on the road this season. The Jets continued to get blown out in 2013 against what is a similar schedule as they faced in 2013. It is not as if this was a more difficult job. It was essentially the same job with the same pieces and same results. The major difference this year?  Lavonte David pushed Geno Smith in week 1 to set up a 48 yard field goal for a win instead of a loss.

Rex Ryan did a far better job in 2009 and 2010 with the team. The 2009 team faced adversity late in the year and found a way to overcome it. The 2010 team faced playoff adversity and overcame it. I don’t think 2013 is any gigantic improvement over 2012 as people say, nor were more losses suffered off the field, unless Sanchez being injured because Ryan decided to play him to win a Snoopy trophy is considered equivalent to Revis being injured.

The Players Love Him

In week 16 the Jets beat the four win Cleveland Browns in a meaningless game with Ryan providing the motivation by saying he was going to be fired. According to many this win alone proves Ryan should stay.  Where was the love in week 11 or 13 when the games mattered and the playoffs were on the line against the Bills and Dolphins?  The Jets lost by a combined score of 60-17. Since 2011 the Jets have faced a number of critical games where winning was pretty much needed to stay in the race. Last year they fell flat against the Titans in a game where Sanchez imploded but Ryan did not want to pull the trigger on him because he made the mistake of making Tebow active for the game. In 2011 they had the epic 3 game collapse down the stretch. So making this Browns game into something it’s not is really ridiculous.

Secondly is it that big of a deal even if they do love him? One of the reasons certain players are very vocal about Ryan is likely their own futures. Players gain the trust of certain coaches and have an inside track on jobs if the coach remains in place. It’s an audition that begins in the summer and goes all season long. Willie Colon and David Nelson both stepped up and spoke up for Rex. Their futures are likely tied to Rex being the coach of the Jets. So might be the futures of many players on the team. Most of the players won’t be part of the future of this organization. Its good that they fight for him and better than the alternative, but not important for the future.

At Least Give Him a Fair Chance in 2014

Nobody should even be bringing this point up.  Ryan can not be coach of the Jets for just one more season. If the team is going to keep him it has to be long term. This was a transition year for the Jets. They signed a number of players to one year contracts or multi year deals that had no guaranteed money to protect a roster spot. The Jets will be loaded with cap space in 2014, well over $40 million, once they make the initial releases of Holmes, Cromartie, and Sanchez, and will probably have between 10 and 12 picks in the draft factoring in the Darrelle Revis trade and compensatory selections. The Jets starting right tackle, tight end, right guard, safety, and outside linebacker are all unrestricted free agents in 2014. They could release a starting inside linebacker, cornerback, and safety.

The Jets will look very different in 2014. All things considered you could be looking at over 10 new starters and 15 new meaningful faces. You do not overhaul a football team like that and maintain a lame duck coach. That is counterproductive to the entire organization. In many ways it was already counterproductive to bring in a rookie QB and pair him with a coach twisting in the wind but whats done is done. The commitment to Ryan has to be long term if it occurs, not another wait and see season.

Should He Stay or Go

Ryan has a pretty large sample size by which we can evaluate him. To try to boil this down to the last two games of the 2013 season is foolish. Odds are the Jets organization made their preliminary decisions when they were hired and swaying that opinion was only going to occur based on actually working with him during the year not by anything accomplished on the field. The Jets were not a playoff team in 2013 and to have expected that was ridiculous. In the NFL these moves are made all the time, just look at Lovie Smith in Chicago last season. The only person who probably saved their job by coaching record was Ron Rivera in Carolina, a team that had a one year window before they will likely begin to see some parts fall by the wayside due to cap considerations.

Ryan has five seasons by which the Jets can judge him. While the last few years the defense has been overrated I think it’s fair to say that Ryan is going to field a good defense more often than not and he is one of the rare coaches that can put together a gameplan to neutralize an elite level Quarterback. Very few coaches have that ability and it is a major strength. If the Jets fire Ryan they are not keeping him on staff as a coordinator so if he is fired the Jets lose that edge.

Offensively it is a struggle for him. Ryan has gone through three offensive coordinators in his five year tenure, all supposedly agreed on by him, though there were rumblings that Tony Sparano was forced on him.   All three have performed poorly. Ryan has had an opportunity to develop a top five pick at the position in Sanchez and failed miserably. Tebow was a first rounder and never got a sniff. Smith had a first round grade to some but fell to the Jets in round 2. He has been pretty poor most of the season and has been benched a few times due to poor play. Some of the blame has to go on Ryan for that.

I can see why this is a difficult decision for the team.  Rex is very popular and is the face of the franchise. He also covers for the fact that the current front office is not very forthcoming or open to the media or fans. If the Jets bring in a coach that does fit the personality of John Idzik it will be completely back to the days of Eric Mangini where he refused to do weekly live phone interviews and required interviews to be taped at practice.

But if you keep Ryan you have to commit to a very specific style of football. It’s a style that is outdated in the NFL. That does not mean that it can not work, but you can not just assume that the offensive problems will fix themselves because Ryan says he will change. Coaches do evolve but usually that happens after they are fired. Bill Belichick probably never evolves if he does not fail in Cleveland. Tom Coughlin probably never evolves if he never was let go by the Jaguars. Having to take a step back and actually look at your failures while sitting on the sidelines is an easier way to improve than working through it on the job.

You are most likely not going to build a long term solution with a draft built offense and Ryan. That is how most teams attempt to build but Ryan has failed in that regard. If the Jets keep Ryan you are going to have to build differently. You are going to have to buy a mid level “professional” QB. In the immediate future that probably means Matt Schaub or Kyle Orton. Perhaps Jay Cutler but I think he would be too up and down. Chad Henne and Matt Moore would also be available and maybe a team gets interested in Josh McCown. Down the line you might be able to consider Alex Smith, Carson Palmer, or Ben Roethlisberger if the Steelers foolishly made him available.

Free agency is going to be met with overspending on linemen and consistent wide receivers. It would be all about rebuilding what the team had in 2009 with Alan Faneca, Damien Woody, Braylon Edwards, and Jerricho Cotchery.  While the players were not going to make anyone cringe on paper they helped bring an identity to the team that meshed with Ryans’ beliefs. If Ivory can stay healthy he is the runner to work in that system.

Where the Jets failed in 2011 and 2012 is they tried to replace parts with draft picks (Hill, Slauson. Ducasse, Greene, etc…) and “high impact” wideouts (Holmes, Burress) when they really needed developed team oriented players. Holmes was successful in 2010 because he was a complementary piece to the lunchpail players that were employed by the Jets. Greene was a fine depth player that could do well off the bench but as a starter behind the line the Jets trotted out there he was a below average running back.

Defensively you have to stay the course and keep getting Ryan athletic talent that he can mold and maybe one decent free agent. The building blocks are there on the defensive line.  Quinton Coples is about ready to become a household name as a pass rusher. Dee Milliner has begun to show a pulse. Get quicker on the inside and find another pass rusher and you will have a defense that can rank right up there with what the 49ers and Seahawks are trotting out year after year.

But you are going to have to build defense first and find a way to piece together a professional offense that doesn’t need the coaching or attention from Ryan.  Does Idzik want to do that?  That is the question that should be asked right now, not “how can you fire Rex after getting to 7 or 8 wins with this talent”. If Idzik does not believe in building a team that way then keeping Ryan on is a pointless exercise. Philosophically it has to match up.

The strength or Ryan’s resume is not regular season success. He has only won 10 games once in his five years with the Jets. His reputation is built on postseason upsets and a quality defense that won some games in spite of the offense that he helped run into the ground. Ryan isn’t Tony Dungy, Bill Cowher, or Marty Schottenheimer who year after year after year put forth good records and would never succeed when it counted.

That said the same risk is there with Ryan as there was with these three, with the system that will be run if Ryan is the head coach. Schottenheimer never won. Dungy won one time despite lucking into a job with Peyton Manning. Cowher was the only one whose system itself produced a Super Bowl winner, and that was once in 15 tries. All told it was a great deal of regular season success and a great deal of heartache in the playoffs. Just based on what we have seen the expectation has to be that Ryan can be a bit more Coughlin than Dungy. Ryan can get his team hot at the right times, despite very inconsistent play, and win a Super Bowl. From what we have seen with those upsets early in his coaching career and to a lesser extent the wins over Tom Brady and Drew Brees this season it is an argument that can at least be made.

If that argument is compelling enough than by all means keep Rex Ryan. But in this day and age I have a hard time believing that someone who has done nothing but feed on the bottom and get blown out by the top for the last two seasons is going to be given the type of team he needs to work with to get the most out of him and the team. For what its worth this is the same approach the Ravens more or less employed with Brian Billick when they realized his attempts to develop an offense were killing the team and they signed an ancient Steve McNair in 2006. It worked for one season before McNair broke down and Billick was promptly fired.    Do Jets fans want to have to wait another two or three seasons to completely turn the page the way the Ravens did?  I don’t and I doubt too many others want to either.


 

  • Kevino

    Good article. I would just say that in Idzik’s time in TB & Seattle, Those teams also had very good defense with “professional offense”. Take Russell Wilson away, and I think the style of play has a lot in common with how the Jets play, just that Seattle has more talent on both sides of the ball. The Cards had developed into a potent offense by the time Idzik left, but that was mainly because of Warner & Fitz. I guess my point is that we really have no clue as to what kind of team Idzik wants to build, but based on his time in Seattle & Tampa, Rex might very well be a coach he can work with going forward…

    • Jon

      Jason , am I the only Jets fan who thinks that Rex is actually an overrated D Coordinator? Statistically our defense has gotten worse every year. Rex inherited the great Revis but until this year couldn’t figure out a way to develop a pass rush. our D under Rex came up small in big spots, most notably with the Super Bowl on the line vs the Steelers (that loss still hurts three years later). same goes for brother Rob. their units always fold when the game is on the line. See the Saint this week vs Carolina. why is Rex not to blame for he awful play of the secondary this year including the lack of development we have seen from first round pick Kyle Wilson? I think Rex is an above average coordinator for sure and should get credit for devising great game plans to stop Tom Brady a few times but that’s about it. Our current unit is good, not great, and clearly isn’t invite same league as units like Seattle, SF or Carolina.

  • Michael Goetze

    Rex Ryan is a defensive mastermind. Approximately 29 NFL teams should be willing to immediately fire their defensive coordinator if Ryan were willing to work for them. So what this boils down to is your claim that Ryan is hampering the Jets offense.

    You claim that Ryan is to blame that some highly drafted QBs failed. Did Ryan draft Sanchez in the top 5? Did Ryan draft Tebow in the first round? Did Ryan put a “first round grade” sticker on Geno Smith? I’m sure he was not involved with any of these decision. People make mistakes in drafting quarterbacks all the time. Six quarterbacks were drafted ahead of Tom Brady. How can you blame a coach who had absolutely no input on these decisions for that? (Also, if Geno Smith had such a first round grade, how come he dropped to the middle of a second round in a year when half a dozen teams were in serious need of a new quarterback?)

    Ryan may have agreed to these offensive coordinators, but that doesn’t mean that they are the people he would have chosen if he could have had anyone on the planet. Finding good offensive coordinators is not necessarily easy. Many of those known for sure to be good already have a job. Yes, one way to get one is by offering them a promotion to head coach. But then what are you going to do with your defense? Hire Monte Kiffin once Jerry Jones fires him? Good luck with that.

    And even if you have a great offensive coordinator, you still need a suitable QB. First round grade, yeah, whatever. If that were all it takes, surely there would be an offensive coordinator somewhere capable of developing Tim Tebow into a great QB? As it happens Tebow is currently unemployed. The Cowboys didn’t even invite him for a tryout this week, and they invited John Skelton. Sorry, but it is up to Idzik to deliver a suitable quarterback and Geno wasn’t it. Maybe he should have drafted Mike Glennon instead. He seems to be fine, and Schiano definitely isn’t known as a QB guru. Then again, maybe having actual NFL-caliber receivers like Vincent Jackson helps too.

    The reasonable thing to do would be: keep Rex Ryan as head coach and keep an eye open for an upgrade at OC, though Mornhinweg probably deserves a chance to run his offense with actual NFL-caliber players for a year. That said, as a Patriots fan, I’m glad the Jets rarely choose a reasonable course of action.

  • McGeorge

    Jason,
    Why can’t the Jets keep Ryan for just 1 year, 2014?
    What if they don’t extend him and wait until after the 2014 season, or near the end of the 2014 season.

    I don’t think Rex is a good head coach, but I think he’s a great defensive coordinator.
    Tannenbaum did a horrible job drafting 2009-12 in general. The 2013 draft will take another year to evaluate.
    Rex didn’t have teh players, but he probably had influence on who was picked and a poor job.

    What worries me is “change for the sake of change”.
    Will they bring in a so-so coach to replace him?
    I don’t want Cower or Gruden.

  • MN

    Firing him this season makes no sense to me.
    I agree that Rex’s philosophy should align with the one Idzik has. It can’t work otherwise.
    But that decision should have been made last season, not now. The longterm coach should have been determined last year (Rex or someone else) so they can start to build a team that hopefully down the road will win a championship.

    It’s unfair to Rex to give him this roster and expect a better season than the one they had. No one thought that the Jets would be 7-8 at this point. I don’t agree with the notion that the 7 wins are less meaningful because of the loss or win margin. A win is a win. If they lost 13 games by 1 point and one 3 by 20+ points, would that be a good enough job to retain him?

    I’m kind on the fence about whether the should keep him, but what’s clear to me is that Woody made a bad decision forcing Rex on the new GM.

    • Michael Goetze

      Yes, you have your 7 wins and noone will ever be able to take them from you. But if you want to know how many wins you can expect next year, point differential has been shown historically to have much more predictive power than winning percentage.

      Of course, I believe that the problem here is not Rex Ryan, but rather the talent available to him. But if you were to think that the Jets had about average talent, then the point differential would be a pretty damning indictment of the coaching staff.

  • McGeorge

    The football question I most want to know (other than to what degree Belichick cheated) is who was responsible for the Jets bad drafting 2009-12. Did Rex have a huge amount of say, and was he responsible for a lot of the bad picks? Or was it all Tannenbaum and the jets personnel department.

  • JetOrange

    Part of my support of Rex is my belief in OC Morningweg, he is the first decent OC the jets have had. IMO Marty should have complete authority to hire any and all offensive coaches. Rex has his flaws, he is too loyal to his guys, both players and coaches, he needs to stay far away from all offensive operations but he does bring a few things from the table.
    1. He handles the NY press, still making the Jets entertaining.
    2. His defense constantly evolves and changes. A defense that can take over games.
    3. Rex can teach defense, and unlike offensive players he understands the qualities it takes to be a successful defensive player in the NFL.
    4. He gets player to play.
    5. Rex can recruit, if the money is close, Rex will get the player, a true closer.

  • stephenldidy@me.com

    It’s a QB league and if you don’t have one, you won’t win no matter who your coach is. Getting one is more about luck than anything else. Sure, Brady was a 6th rounder and Russell Wilson a 3rd rounder, but for the most part it’s about being bad, at the right time (when the right guys are comign out). Since Rex has been here, can anyone argue they could have had a better QB, one capable of taking them further than Sanchez? Tell me who that guy is, and how they could have had him.
    The argument that he doesn’t ‘develop’ offensive players is a weak one, in my opinion. How many HC, in the league, are really in charge of both sides of the ball, from soup to nuts? The answer is one: Belechick and while he’s gotten to a SB since losing Weiss and Crennel, he’s never won one. Also, look at his teams and drafts and tell me the great offensive, or defensive, players he’s ‘developed’-Tom Brady makes up for a lot.
    Sean Payton is a great offensive coach. What great defensive players have developed under his tuteledge? How many DCs has Mike McCarthy had, and how many great defensive players have developed there? Mike Tomlin is considered a great coach, but who has he really developed there, maybe Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace (guess who was a WR in college and offensive coach the majority of his career?). Yes, there are certainly outliers: Wilson with Carrol and Brady with Belechick, but those players were likely to be good, no matter where they went.
    When you bring in an offensive, or defensive guy to be the HC, you should expect good results and good player developement, on that side of the ball, from that guy. Hiring the right Coordinator and position coaches, on the other side of the ball, is paramount. I think MM, an ex HC and established OC, is the first guy the Jets have had who will stand up to Rex, and has proven success, on offense. I think you keep Rex because he can develop defensive players: Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Kenrick Ellis, Lankster, Walls, Allen-not a 1st rounder in this bunch (this doesn’t include guys like B Scott, J Leonard and guys he developed in Baltiimore). He’s also gotten the most out of these guys: Revis, Cromartie, Harris, Pace. Wilkerson, Coples and Richardson are all 1st rounders who are developing into top players, at their positions, under hiim. How many coaches, in the NFL, can say their last 3 first rounders are all ascending players? Even Wilson, while proving not to be a first round talent, is a solid player and Milliner has show flashes here late. So, let’s give he and MM time to develop Geno and some WR/TE talent (I think they have good NFL RBs, not Adrian Peterson/Shady McCoy, but better than a lot of teams…think NYG would like their stable of RBs?) before jettisoning them both.
    Payton, Tomlin and McCarthy all get a break because of SB wins. Brees, Ben and Rodgers are rare talents, that don’t come along every year. Rex hasn’t had that. I think he’s developed as a HC, and starting over, with an unproven guy, would be wrong. It would also put the bulls eye squarely on Idzik’s back. Say NY loses this week and goes 7-9. What would expectations be next year? Ascending defense with a lot of star potential up front. A second year QB whose improving this last 1/4 of the season and a bevy full of draft picks and cap room in the up coming off season. I think you’d expect that a GM who decided to go in another direction, would be picking a HC who he expected to improve current results, which in this case would be a winning season/playoff appearance, no? I think, for self preservation, Idzik keeps Ryan. He can then expect him to guide this team to the next level, next year. If that doesn’t happen, he can then go to Woody and call for a change, and probably insure himself 2 more years here. If he let’s Rex go now, and the team doesn’t do any better, or worse, I think Woody could come to him a year from now and say: “you had something good going, and you blew it up for this?” Firing Ryan is a big risk, IMO, for John Idzik.

  • TheeLidman

    It’s a QB league and if you don’t have one, you won’t win no matter who your coach is. Getting one is more about luck than anything else. Sure, Brady was a 6th rounder and Russell Wilson a 3rd rounder, but for the most part it’s about being bad, at the right time (when the right guys are comign out). Since Rex has been here, can anyone argue they could have had a better QB, one capable of taking them further than Sanchez? Tell me who that guy is, and how they could have had him.
    The argument that he doesn’t ‘develop’ offensive players is a weak one, in my opinion. How many HC, in the league, are really in charge of both sides of the ball, from soup to nuts? The answer is one: Belechick and while he’s gotten to a SB since losing Weiss and Crennel, he’s never won one. Also, look at his teams and drafts and tell me the great offensive, or defensive, players he’s ‘developed’-Tom Brady makes up for a lot.
    Sean Payton is a great offensive coach. What great defensive players have developed under his tuteledge? How many DCs has Mike McCarthy had, and how many great defensive players have developed there? Mike Tomlin is considered a great coach, but who has he really developed there, maybe Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace (guess who was a WR in college and offensive coach the majority of his career?). Yes, there are certainly outliers: Wilson with Carrol and Brady with Belechick, but those players were likely to be good, no matter where they went.
    When you bring in an offensive, or defensive guy to be the HC, you should expect good results and good player developement, on that side of the ball, from that guy. Hiring the right Coordinator and position coaches, on the other side of the ball, is paramount. I think MM, an ex HC and established OC, is the first guy the Jets have had who will stand up to Rex, and has proven success, on offense. I think you keep Rex because he can develop defensive players: Mike DeVito, Sione Pouha, Damon Harrison, Demario Davis, Kenrick Ellis, Lankster, Walls, Allen-not a 1st rounder in this bunch (this doesn’t include guys like B Scott, J Leonard and guys he developed in Baltiimore). He’s also gotten the most out of these guys: Revis, Cromartie, Harris, Pace. Wilkerson, Coples and Richardson are all 1st rounders who are developing into top players, at their positions, under hiim. How many coaches, in the NFL, can say their last 3 first rounders are all ascending players? Even Wilson, while proving not to be a first round talent, is a solid player and Milliner has show flashes here late. So, let’s give he and MM time to develop Geno and some WR/TE talent (I think they have good NFL RBs, not Adrian Peterson/Shady McCoy, but better than a lot of teams…think NYG would like their stable of RBs?) before jettisoning them both.
    Payton, Tomlin and McCarthy all get a break because of SB wins. Brees, Ben and Rodgers are rare talents, that don’t come along every year. Rex hasn’t had that. I think he’s developed as a HC, and starting over, with an unproven guy, would be wrong. It would also put the bulls eye squarely on Idzik’s back. Say NY loses this week and goes 7-9. What would expectations be next year? Ascending defense with a lot of star potential up front, a second year QB whose improving this last 1/4 of the season and a bevy full of draft picks, and cap room, in the up coming off season. I think you’d expect that a GM who decided to go in another direction, would be picking a HC who he expected to improve current results, which in this case would be a winning season/playoff appearance, no? I think, for self preservation, Idzik keeps Ryan. He can then expect him to guide this team to the next level, next year. If that doesn’t happen, he can then go to Woody and call for a change, and probably insure himself 2 more years here. If he let’s Rex go now, and the team doesn’t do any better, or worse, I think Woody could come to him a year from now and say: “you had something good going, and you blew it up for this?” Firing Ryan is a big risk, IMO, for John Idzik.

    • Michael Goetze

      Bill B. doesn’t get involved in the offense much at all as far as I can tell. Yes, he chooses the personnel, but the actual running of the offense is pretty much all McDaniels. Dante Scarnecia gets all the credit for turning a bunch of undrafted/late-round guys into starting-quality offensive linemen. This year they brought in Brian Daboll to help develop OL and WR. Player Development is not all about the head coach, except insofar as he is responsible for hiring the best possible position coaches to do it.

  • Drew

    There are far better rosters with far worse records in the NFL and their coaches are not even available. If we are planning to fire Rex we better have an alternative in hand.

    I think Rex can change his offensive style to match that of the rest of the league if given the proper personnel. If we rolled out a spread offense with our current offense we would not allow our defense to get off the field (Three and outs that don’t take any time off the clock would destroy us). A great example of a team trying to move to the spread offense without the proper personnel in place is the Bills with Ryan Fitzpatrick a could years ago. Their only receiver was Stevie and their QB was not overly talented. I think Geno running the spread this year would have produced similar results to that Bills squad.

    I don’t like the argument that you should only support keeping Rex if you believe he can win it all with ‘Ground and Pound’ because I think MM will cater his offense to its strengths. Remember when Rex was the coach who Blitzed more than anyone in the league? Remember when Rex was the guy who guaranteed a Superbowl victory every year? Remember when Bill Belichick was a defensive mastermind? Coaches change.

  • Matt

    People are underestimating how good of a coach Rex Ryan actually is. They had NO Business winning even six games last year!!! AND ABSOLUTELY no business winning 7 games this year(could get 8!!!!). He NEVER had a QB. Has an overall winning record with an organization whose roster was decimated by the previous GM. When he had JUST ANYTHING to work with (his first 2 years) He made AFC championship games both years. Even those 2 years EVERYONE knew he overachieved with the talent given to him. The Jets fire him they are screwed!!!! A regular couch would have had 4 maybe 5 wins last year and 3 maybe 4 this year.