The Jets need thought out changes, not knee-jerk reactions. Relieving Rex Ryan of his head coaching duties would be a knee-jerk reaction. Why? The Jets are trying to establish a culture of winning in this organization, and have been very unsuccessful in doing so. A major reason has been the lack of stability. For all of the nonsense Jon Gruden says during the telecasts, he was on point with that remark. Stability is how an organization gets better and stays better. The Jets have been the picture of INSTABILITY, and it starts with the head coaching position. Take a look at the list of Jets head coaches since 1990:
Look at that list, ladies and gentlemen. Those are the Jets coaches in the last twenty years. Now, take a look at this list of coaches, from one of the most successful organizations ever, the Pittsburgh Steelers:
That isn’t the list of Steelers coaches since 1990, it’s the list since 1970!! This team has had 3 coaches in over 40 years. THAT is the way you create stability, and shocker, Pittsburgh wins games! Every year they win games! Every one of those coaches has won Super Bowls. Go back into the 80s and look at the 49ers. Bill Walsh coached for 10 years. Guess what? THEY WON! Think about the New York Giants. How loud did Giants fans cream for Tom Coughlin’s head? But did the Giants make a rash move? Nope. All you need to know about the result is the two Super Bowl rings that Tom Coughlin is wearing. Stability, folks! Stability, stability, stability. It’s what works.
If the Jets want to WIN of course.
And if you look at Rex Ryan’s body of work as a whole, there is no reason to fire him. He already has won more playoff games than any coach in the history of the New York Jets. In four years, he has made two AFC title appearances. I know it’s a “what have you done for me lately” league, but those have to be counted when looking at his resume. Yes, he has missed the playoffs the last two seasons, but it is not as if he went 2-14 in either of those two seasons. 8-8, and at worst, 6-10, are not terrible records. They certainly aren’t records that are deserving of being fired after 2 title games.
Woody Johnson always makes a splash when the Jets miss the playoffs. That splash might be to fire Rex Ryan.
That splash would be dead wrong.