Upon hearing about Rex Ryan’s return as the New York Jets‘ head coach, I was relived. He is someone that players love to have around. His defensive prowess inspires confidence going forward. Yong linemen like Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson are great building blocks. Fixing this secondary won’t be too hard, and he is up for the task.
Sadly, one negative thought also comes to mind. In the past, Ryan’s loyalty allowed QB Mark Sanchez to remain the starter despite poor ball security. Jets fans forever lost faith in the QB after the “Butt Fumble”. Things got so bad that new GM John Idzik helped select Geno Smith in the 2013 draft. Smith immediately became anointed as the team’s future signal caller.
Despite his problems, Sanchez was given another chance this past offseason but went down to injury. Smith brought his team on a wild ride which included playoff aspirations. His mistakes brought them back to earth as his decision making proved to be poor at times.
Added veteran presence could help the Jets going into 2014. Players like Michael Vick could become available. Either he or a pick this year could push Smith. Ryan will need to come up big in order to earn an extension. In no way shape or form should Sanchez be considered an option. Parting ways benefits both parties, and Ryan coming back does not mean that his former franchise signal caller will follow.