Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) runs the ball in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

It's Time for the New York Jets to Renew Rex Ryan's Contract

Jul 28, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talks with general manager John Idzik following training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

John Idzik was dealt a “different” hand when he came on as the New York Jets’ general manager. He was forced to keep a head coach that was not chosen by him. A condition of his hiring was the requirement to keep Rex Ryan on as the head coach for the first year. Presumably, that means that GM Idzik will have the authority to dismiss Rex following the end of the current season. He would have the opportunity to hire “his” guy.

However, although this would be the “normal” move to make, it would be the WRONG move to make. Changing coaches after this season would be a disaster.

It’s time for the Jets to renew the contract of coach Rex Ryan, and secure him as the man as the Jets move forward over the next several years.

Why? This team has never quit on coach Ryan. Never. Even going back through the years, through the well-documented struggles of Mark Sanchez, the team fought hard to the very end. In 2011, for example, the team may have had in-fighting in the locker room, but they never gave up on the football field. Whether Rex knew about that or not, the key element is that the product on the field was NEVER AFFECTED. That is the mark of a good coach that is with the right group of players.

Even last year, when the output was a Rex Ryan low of six victories, it never was from lack of effort. When the famous “buttfumble” took place, Mark Sanchez was TRYING to make a play. My point is that the effort was there, even though the output wasn’t all the time. You could see this was a team that would not give up, and that is a testament to the feeling that these players have for their coach. You can’t replicate that.

I know they are playing a game, but, when you are not playing for a guy you respect, your effort just goes downhill. Pro players, believe it or not, are sensitive about who they play for. If they aren’t with the right guy, they start mouthing off, and just becoming a distraction. Nobody is a distraction on this team, and thank Rex Ryan for putting us in that position.

Don’t forget about the development of Geno Smith either, which would be severely set back if Rex Ryan was removed as coach. Look at the game last night. Geno Smith went from a turnover machine, to protecting the football in one week. I am not saying that he is perfect now, but think about the development, and his upward arc on that development.

Let’s assume Geno continues to develop under the tutileage of this regime. David Lee gets his mechanics better and better every day. Marty Mornhinweg works with this young man, and he becomes an able quarterback in the West Coast offense. He protects the football, he makes good decisions, and shows that he can lead this football team every week. Each week he gets more and more efficient, and the offense shows a lot of promise moving ahead into 2014.

The Jets then remove Rex Ryan and staff, and make Geno learn an entire new system? Even if he performs well, there is no guarantee that a new head coach would retain Marty Mornhinweg, and/or David Lee. The odds are very much against that scenario, to be honest. If Rex goes, the system that Geno has spent the year learning goes with him.

The bottom line is this, you have a football team that believes in their head coach. Through good times and bad, this team does not quit on him. You have a quarterback that is improving day by day, and week by week, under the system that comes with the Rex Ryan regime. This is all blatantly obvious.

It’s time to guarantee continuity going forward, by renewing Rex Ryan’s contract.

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  • Patrick

    Thank God Rex is proving all the haters wrong! There is a point here that 2 playoffs (AFGCG losses) in 4 years is way above average for NFL head coaches. Even his down years 8-8, 6-10 are not disasters by NFL standards. They are disasters by NY media standards who thinks everything should be like the late 90′s yankees or it’s a failure. But in other NFL towns they’d kill for 8-8. In NY it’s a disaster. That much is true, this job is harder than most. Bill Cowher would not have made it through 13 years before getting a playoff win like he did in Pittsburgh. He’d have been fired in year 4 and people would talk about him like they talk about Dave Wannstadt.

    I’m not a Jets management disciple, I’m not a delusional fan, and I’m not a paranoid Jets fan either. But something has to be said about what has gone on the past year or so. I have never, in all of my years of following sports have ever seen one team targeted with the relentless media assault, criticism (fair and foul), negative stories, ridicule, and media propaganda that the Jets have been targeted with in recent months. Not even the 2007 Patriots or the 2010-2011 Miami Heat, two of the most hated teams in sports, have been hit as hard and as relentlessly as the Jets have. This is a situation that I think is truly unprecedented. The Jets have received more airtime this off season in my estimation than the defending super bowl champion Ravens.

    I’m simply disgusted by what the media has been trying to do to this franchise and how unfair it all is. Rex Ryan has one losing season in 4 years and judging by the media talk, you would think he went 1-15 every year! The Jets have been more quiet the past two years than they were in 2009 and 2010, and yet the media assault has only increased.

    Throughout the off season I have had to stomach hearing unfair critcism after unfair criticism. No matter what Rex does, he cannot win in the eyes of the media, he might very well be the most despised figure in the NFL in terms of negative media stories. But what is this based on? Rex since he started coaching with the Jets has more playoff victories than Bill Belichick, and a better regular season record than Tom Coughlin in that same timeframe. He has one losing season in 4 years in spite of having less talent on his roster than his competition. Even during the losing season he was still in playoff contention late into the season. Rex has his downsides yes, but the media making him out to be the Ryan Leaf of head coaches. With the amount of critcism Rex has received you would think he is the coach of the New York Yankees where it’s championship or bust every year. Let’s not forget Rex is the coach of the New York Jets where in his short time here has surpassed the success of Parcells and any coach this franchise has had since Weeb. Does the media not know this? Or is it that they simply don’t care? Are many in the media simply intent on destroying this man? I’m starting to think this is a real possibility.

    For those of you who buy into the media propaganda which essentially boils down to a primitive “me no like Rex, me want Rex fired” ask yourselves what direction this franchise will go in if you get your wish. If Rex is gone after this year, you will be stuck with scraping the bottom of the barrel staring at unknown faces who may not have expertise on even one side of the ball let alone both.

    In my opinion we shouldn’t even be having this discussion; if it wasn’t for the media constantly drilling this into our heads, it wouldn’t even be a discussion right now. How many coaches out there seem to have more job security than Rex in the eyes of the media while performing at a pitiful level far far worse than any negative you pick out of the Rex regime?

    To end this, let me just bring it back to where I started. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life; this might be hyperbole, but I believe brutal dictators would benefit from studying how the media has effectively crafted propaganda and created a mytho-history surrounding the Jets in the past year or so, they’ve re-written history and turned the Rex regime into public enemy number one. This is unprecedented and the lows some in the media will go to SHOULD shock me, but they don’t anymore, because I’m too used to it with the coverage of this team.

    Thank God the Jets are making all these media haters eat CROW this year. Rex will prove all the haters and fake Jet fans wrong.

    • matr dontelli iii

      nice job frank. i think for the first time since he became the head coach rex has a quality staff around him, especially on offense, which is not his forte, with the lone exception being special teams where the jury is still out. we haven’t had any disasters like last year but we certainly aren’t helping ourselves with our return team. i mean look at the job dennis thurmond is doing with the defense! in his first year as coordinator, no less!!! on a more serious note i look forward to seeing what these guys do with a little money to spend next year. i hope mo leaves some for the rest of the guys. but in the meantime we’ve got a championship to contend for.

  • JoeDog