New York Jets' Coach Rex Ryan Should Get Demoted To Defensive Coordinator, Not Axed

By Jeremy Goldstein
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been in the news lately, and not in a good way (as per usual).

Recent news outlets have reported that Ryan is — and primarily has always been — preoccupied with the defensive side of the ball, and has usually left it to others in the organization to dictate the offense. This season, general manager John Idzik has taken the reins and made it clear Ryan’s opinion will count for less than Joe Biden’s when it comes to the starting quarterback position.

Many have speculated correctly that if this season does not see an upwards trend for the team, then Ryan will get the axe … which is highly likely.

And I get it. Believe me. Two seasons ago when the Jets went 8-8, I was fuming; last season, I was downright outraged.

But let’s take a step back, Jets fans. Let’s do a little zen and really think this through. The first season Ryan came to the Jets, the team was first in defense. The next year, they were second. It was not until this past season that the Jets defense was not up to snuff; and by “the Jets defense,” I mean the team’s running defense. New York’s pass defense was second last season.

So what am I suggesting? I’m suggesting that the Jets’ defense has never necessarily been the problem (especially given the team’s offense), and that instead of just ousting a great defensive mind at the end of the season, New York should keep him on as defensive coordinator. I mean, the guy has been working that position for four seasons already.

No one can deny Ryan’s penchant for defense, and to have him leave for the sake of leaving is the wrong move, and Gang Green can’t afford to make any more.

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