To the extent that Rex Ryan’s head coaching career with the New York Jets is actually in jeopardy, names are bound to be thrown around as potential replacement candidates. Ryan is unlikely to be let go after the season; a campaign during which his squad suffered crippling injuries on both sides of the ball.
His bravado fits New York and his defenses tend to perform well.
Ryan’s Jets defense ranked seventh in the NFL—in terms of yards allowed per game—this year without perhaps the most valuable defensive commodity in football, shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Ryan may be best served looking for other assistants, especially on the offensive side of the ball. It’d be great if New York’s offensive personnel were utilized appropriately—Tim Tebow—but Rex has accomplished enough to deserve another year with the Jets.
In case his resume is ignored in favor of a poor record this season, and Ryan is fired anyway, here are a handful of coaching candidates that the Jets may look into hiring.