At the midway point of the year, as we have done all week, it’s time to assess the work done to date. We have evaluated and talked about the players, but it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t discuss the coaching staff. It has been a roller coaster for them as well as the players, so let’s start from the top:
REX RYAN:CHis grade took some thought, because it has been a very up and down year for the Jets head coach. They have had some highs, like the Buffalo game, moments in the first Miami game, and the Indianpolis game. There have been times where the Jets have looked quite good in defeat as well. The team shown a ton of fight in the game against New England, and arguably should have won the football game. They also stayed close in the game against the Houston Texans, a game that nobody felt they would even me in for more than five minutes. Despite losing Santonio Holmes, and Darrelle Revis, this team has shown that they can play well, and show a great deal of fight.
But, this team has also shown that it can be beaten down, and the head coach has to be held partially responsible. There have been two games, where the Jets were beaten down, and they looked like a team that was beaten down. You know them, we are talking about the second Dolphins game, and the 49ers game. In both of those games, they came out flat, and they stayed flat. When they got behind, they didn’t show any fight, instead they rolled over. Opponents in both of those games accused the Jets of quitting. Being accused more than once is not a coincidence. It’s the mark of a team that doesn’t have CONSISTENT fight in it, and that goes against the head coach.
TONY SPARANO:DTo his credit, Tony Sparano came to NY with guns blazing. He preached about how he is going to get the Jets back to playing phyisical football. They were going to get back to the philosophy of Rex Ryan’s first years with the Jets, running the football down the throats of the opponent. They were going to play up-tempo football, and keep the offense on its heals. And don’t forget, the creator of the Wildcat was going to create a new version beyond our imaginations.
Where has that been? The offense is slow as molasses. The Wildcat is more of a pet housecat, and the Ground and Pound has been anything but. The playcalling? Let’s just say that he has made Brian Schottenheimer look creative at times. The play calling has been boring, and as creative as a baby’s fingerpainting project. The decent play in a couple of games keeps the grade from being an F. But it still hasn’t been good.