5 Questions for New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan

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5 Questions for New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan

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Rex Ryan just completed his fifth year as head coach of the New York Jets, and both he and the team are at a crossroads. The Jets went 8-8 this season and undoubtedly overachieved, and they must make some major moves this offseason in order to become a legitimate playoff contender.

For Ryan, this was the third straight season the Jets failed to post a winning record or make the playoffs, yet he was rewarded with a contract extension. However, the extension is not nearly as secure as it is designed to sound, as Ryan must make the playoffs to guarantee future years of the deal.

As Ryan enters his crucial sixth season in charge of the Jets, there are many things that Jets fans would like to know. They are tired of seeing the horrendous offensive performances that have been a staple of Ryan’s tenure, and they want the three year playoff drought to end this season. Jets fans also want to know if they finally have their franchise quarterback, and what the Jets plan to do this offseason.

These are five questions that I would love to ask Rex Ryan and hear an honest answer to. A couple of them are questions he would never answer publicly, but they are still things that all Jets fans want to know. These questions would do a lot to shed some light on the future of the Jets and give fans the knowledge they want.

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5. How Much Focus Will You Put on the Offense in the Draft?

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The Jets have used their last five first round picks on defense, and the talent imbalance that has created is obvious. Ryan is defensive minded coach, but his one sided approach to team building has hurt the Jets the last three seasons. It is time for the Jets to make some serious moves towards upgrading the offensive side of the ball, and I want to see if Ryan is willing to commit to that.

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4. Will You Spend More Time in a 4-3 Front this Season?

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The Jets have an outstanding front seven, but they might be even better in a 4-3. Muhammad Wilkerson and David Harris can play in any scheme, but a 4-3 would be a better fit for Demario Davis, Sheldon Richardson and especially Quinton Coples. The Jets could maximize their talent with that switch, and it would be interesting to hear if Ryan is willing to change his schemes to better fit his personnel.

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3. Why Do You Insist on Sticking With Subpar Players?

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This is Ryan’s biggest weak point in my opinion. His tenure is filled with players who he continues to support, defend and, worst of all, start despite the fact they are clearly inferior players. This season alone, Vladimir Ducasse, Stephen Hill and Ed Reed were all starters despite the fact they clearly weren’t getting the job done. The best coaches make tough decisions that are in the best interest of the team, and I want to know if Ryan actually has the ability to do that.

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2. How Much Money is the Team Willing to Spend in Free Agency?

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Assuming the Jets cut Santonio Holmes, Mark Sanchez and Antonio Cromartie, they are going to have about $45 million in cap space. Having a ton of money doesn’t necessarily mean it should be spent, but I would love to know what the Jets’ strategy for free agency is. It would be interesting to hear Ryan discuss who their top targets are and what they value those players at.

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1. Is Geno Smith the Answer at Quarterback?

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This is the question everyone wants answered, and honestly I’m not sure Ryan has a good answer. He would never answer this question publicly, but his honest thoughts on the situation would be fascinating to hear. Everyone wants to know if the Jets have their franchise quarterback, and no one’s opinion on the subject is more important than the head coach’s.

Greg Sulik is a New York Jets writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @GregSulik or add him to your network on Google


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