This afternoon I wanted to take another look at the Rex debate, and whether or not he should be back for another year. Earlier this week, the great Sean Lester Durham took an excellent look at the debate (please read it by clicking here). Take a look at it, he does a great job, and makes a great argument for saying goodbye to Rex at the end of the year. To me, however, the Jets should keep Rex around, at least for the year 2013. He deserves another chance.
First of all, look at his past successes. No Jets coach has ever gone to back to back championship games. To me, that buys you a couple of down years. It’s fair to say that a lot of those players were here already, as the Jets had some great drafts right before Rex arrived. But he still had to coach them, and instill a system that fit those players. Rex did that, and the result was getting one step away from the Super Bowl two times in a row. It’s not going to be great every year, and Rex earned some time with back to back title appearances. Yes, the records have gotten worse over the last two years. You can attest a lot of that to the lack of talent he has been given to work with.
Rex Ryan has been handcuffed for the last two seasons, with the lack of talent and lack of depth. Take last year for example. Does anyone think his dream roster had Collin Baxter behind Nick Mangold? I doubt it. We were calling for the Jets to bring in additional offensive linemen last year, ALL YEAR LONG! Did we hear a peep out of Mike T? No. He just stayed the course, leaving Rex with nobody. And Wayne Hunter? Rex would have liked nothing better than to bench that guy. Despite what came out of his mouth, he would have liked nothing better than to save his quarterback by putting him on the bench. But behind Hunter he had…NOTHING! The bench was left barren. None of that was Rex’s fault, and shouldn’t be considered in his job status evaluation.