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New York Jets: 5 Possible Replacements for Rex Ryan

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New York Jets: 5 Possible Replacements for Rex Ryan

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It’s never fun to talk about people losing their jobs, but when NFL teams fail, the solution is to fire their head coach. Last season, six lead men lost their jobs after Week 17. Looking at clubs that have with poor performance this year, there are two coaches that come to mind as being in trouble. Gary Kubiak makes the Houston Texans slightly interesting despite a poor record. It is surprising that they're now a bottom-feeder considering how close they have come to hosting the Lombardi Trophy in recent years. Evaluating the Washington Redskins and their awful play has Mike Shanahan most likely on the hot seat.

I bring these two men up because another struggling franchise could witness change. New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan enjoyed immediate postseason success. Now, public opinion states that he is a better defensive mind then head coach. The team's quarterback play looks horrific lately as rookie Geno Smith continues to struggle as of late while putting Gang Green’s playoff chances in doubt. There is a solid running game in Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell that provides hope. The receivers look bad as well while failing to consistently get open. Going to Matt Simms Week 13 did not work out.

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5. Adam Gase

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I know quarterback Peyton Manning runs the prolific Denver Broncos offense, but coordinator Adam Gase has done a solid job. At only 35 years of age, he brings a lot of intrigue. Despite inexperience, Gase would bring innovative ideas to a Jets offense that looks flat. Smith or whoever is starting could benefit from working with him.

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4. Darrell Bevelle

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Here is another young offensive coordinator who can spark this team. Darrell Bevell has helped develop Seattle Seahawks signal-caller Russell Wilson into a dynamic player. Maybe his read-option plays would take advantage of Smith’s mobility. If they go in another direction, I feel he could help bring them along.

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3. Pete Carmichael Jr.


You can sense a theme by now. I feel that if Ryan goes, owner Woody Johnson could look for a highly-touted offensive coordinator. Pete Carmichael Jr.'s success could be a production of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, but maybe he could improve this sad offensive “attack” in the Big Apple.

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2.David Shaw

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Stanford's head coach David Shaw has experience as an NFL assistant. His creative offensive approach could be appealing. Look for him to get interest from pro teams, possibly the Jets.

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1. Jon Gruden

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This name does not fit the profile of a promising first-time option. Jon Gruden does however, have a track record of developing quarterbacks. He could work as well if the Jets want to sign a veteran like Jay Cutler. With this defensive line, cap room and Draft picks coming, they could be improved. Gruden may be able to light a spark in this team if he his willing to get back on the sidelines.