When things go wrong in pro sports, everyone’s solution usually starts with blaming the head coach. Well, Rex Ryan undoubtedly is in trouble after his team did not show up on Sunday.
They knew what was at stake, and the New York Jets looked brutal. Blame should also go to GM John Idzik as he takes responsibility for assembling his roster. This was a rebuilding franchise coming in, but early upsets changed expectations. Now, results are starting to mirror those original projections. A very talented defensive line helped tease fans into thinking something special could happen.
The Jets’ offensive personnel does not represent something worthy of playoff consideration. Their receivers can’t get open and when they do, there is no one good enough to throw them the ball on a constant basis. Two young signal-callers on Ryan’s watch have not panned out to date. Mark Sanchez showed flashes, but was too mistake-prone. The same could be said for rookie Geno Smith, and though it is early, his confidence may be lost.
One major criticism of this defensive genius is that he pays too much attention to that side of the ball. His energy was great at first, but it became part of a circus environment in the locker room. With one year left on his deal, owner Woody Johnson will have to make a decision in the offseason.