New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is well known for his boastful nature. He’s been guaranteeing Super Bowl victories for his team since he was hired back in 2009. Falling short of those predictions hasn’t deterred Ryan one bit. With his team headed into what’s looking like a long season, Rex’s confidence in himself seems to be fully in tact.From ESPNNewYork:
“I know I’m a great coach, and what makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the guys that play for me,” Ryan said. “It’s hard for me to look at myself as not being successful. I don’t see that as a possibility. One day, it might be 10 years from now or 15 years from now when Woody Johnson wants to go in a different direction, and that’s fine.”
Agree or disagree with his opinion of his coaching skills, but one thing is undeniable – Rex Ryan is one of the best defensive minds in the league right now. His team has ranked first, third and fifth during his three years running the scene.
What’s holding the Jets back from being one of the elite teams of the NFL? In my view, it’s a lack of premium offensive talent on the roster. The main cogs of the Jets’ offesive attack smacks of mediocrity across the board. Santonio Holmes’ attitude makes him unreliable on a week-to-week basis. Shonn Greene is one of the league’s most average starters in the back field. And Mark Sanchez has shown no progress in his game whatsoever since his rookie season.
If the Jets are looking for a way to fix things, they should look at what the Chicago Bears did this past offseason. What became apparent for the Bears during the 2011 season is that they lacked the offensive fire power to keep up with the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions in the NFC North. The Bears proceeded to fire the man in charge of stocking their roster (Jerry Angelo), and hire a man capable of upgrading the roster (Phil Emery). This enabled the Bears to retain their great defensive coach (Lovie Smith) as he gears up for a playoff run this season.
The Jets find themselves in a similar boat. While their stout defense may keep them close in some matchups, they don’t have the weapons necessary to outgun the New England Patriots or the Buffalo Bills. And no – trading for Tim Tebow doesn’t help close the offensive gap one bit. The Jets would be smart to consider the Bears approach – fire the GM who seems unable to uncover true talent (Mike Tannebaum). Keep the coach who provides you with a top 5 defense every season.