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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan: Lots of Change Coming but Head Coach Should Stay

December 28th, 2012 at 7:41 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets will have a lot of fresh faces joining their organization, and plenty of tired faces leaving, especially on the coaching staff and in the front office. Mike Tannenbaum is expected to be relieved of his duties as general manager on Monday, offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is likely to be fired soon after, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine didn't accept an extension and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff is retiring. With all of that change going on – the general manager and the three most important coaches except for Rex Ryan – one thing needs to remain the same: Rex Ryan should be the head coach of the New York Jets in 2013.

'New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license:

There are plenty of rumors about potential replacements for the members of the New York Jets organization set to depart after Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills. Former Jets Vice President of College Scouting and current Oakland Raiders director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales has been mentioned for the general manager position, while Norv Turner and Cam Cameron have been talked about for the vacancy at offensive coordinator. Ben Kotwica is expected to step in for Mike Westhoff and run the special teams.

There shouldn't be anyone new coming in to replace Rex Ryan. Sure, Rex hasn't been perfect. Still, he is the most successful head coach this franchise has had since Weeb Ewbank. The back-to-back AFC Championship appearances are way in the rearview mirror at this point, but the NFL is a league of quick falls and often even quicker turnarounds. Ever head coach goes through a learning experience and/or rough patch during his career (see: Bill Belichick with the Cleveland Browns, Tom Coughlin in his last three year with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints in 2007 and 2008). Rex Ryan is a talented coach who will surely figure it out. Do the Jets want to be the place where he does that or the place where he took his lumps before putting it all together somewhere else?

Rex Ryan has shown the ability to connect with players and attract players to come play for the Jets. He is a brilliant defensive mind and has shown his ability to adapt by switching from being a mostly three-man front defense to showing a four-man defensive line for the majority of snaps this season. Rex Ryan is too good of a coach to not get this right  if given the chance. Many great coaches would have been fired if they were canned after one losing season in their first four seasons. Change needs to be made, but Rex Ryan is the right head coach to right the ship. 


Tags: Ben Kotwica, Bill Belichick, Football, Joey Clinkscales, Mike Pettine, Mike Tannenbaum, Mike Westhoff, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Norv Turner, Rex Ryan, Tom Coughlin, Tony Sparano, Weeb Ewbank

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