In my personal opinion, I think Rex Ryan is a great head coach.
In his first two years as head coach of the New York Jets, he has led them to two straight AFC Championship games. Despite questions at quarterback, a strong running game and overall defense have helped bring the Jets immediate success.
However, this past season, the team finished 8-8, and failed to make the playoffs.
Along the way, the team has had its share of inconsistencies on both offense and defense, regression from Mark Sanchez in terms of his decision-making, and on-field distractions.
With that said, Rex Ryan has to be on a short leash for the 2012 season. Several issues need to be addressed and improvements need to be made for this team to return to its former success.
Otherwise, Rex might be looking at the hot seat by season's end.