The New York Jets Have Problems, but Not at Coaching Staff

By Alan Schechter

Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan reacts during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Following the game on Thursday night, we saw about as frustrated of a Rex Ryan as we have ever seen. Frankly, he looked miserable in the post game. He had every reason, when you get your team that close to a big victory, and they can’t execute the necessary plays, you are going to look annoyed if you are the head coach.

John Idzik, however, should have a factoid that is very important, that he took out of the game the other night. Yes, he has a great deal to do with the roster. This roster needs a facelift, there is no denying that. However, what is NOT needed is a coaching change. Greg Bedard put it best up in New England when he said that Rex Ryan and his staff can flat-out coach. He’s absolutely right.

The Jets had an absolutely excellent plan. They rendered Ridley and the running game useless. True that Tom Brady and his receivers were out of synch. However, the Jets were also in his face all game. It has been years since Tom had a game where he completed less than 50% of his passes. That was on his receivers, but it was also on the Jets’ defense.

Rex Ryan and company had the Jets prepared to knock off the perennial division champions. They pushed the ball down the field in an attempt to take advantage of the weak secondary of the Patriots. The game came down to execution. The Jets’ receivers could not make a catch when it was necessary. Geno Smith was not helped by his team. The defense could not stop Julian Edelman when it needed to, but they played well for the majority of the game.

Rex and company had a plan and the team had a chance to win the game late. They took possession of the ball five different times, with the chance to tie or go ahead. Rex was frustrated because the execution was terrible. But the coaching is something special. Rex Ryan can coach as can his staff. Hopefully, John Idzik will realize it.