Rex Ryan's Biggest Mistakes of 2012

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Rex Ryan's Biggest Mistakes of 2012
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Rex Ryan discussing the MNF game that knocked the Jets out of the playoffs.

Rex Ryan will coach the New York Jets in 2013. Injuries and a lack of depth were as much to blame for the Jets' first losing season since 2007 as any of his mistakes.

However, if Ryan does not learn from history, he is bound to repeat it.

2012 exposed more serious issues than winning and losing. Players criticized teammates and fans in public. Coaches blamed superiors for personnel decisions.

An offensive coordinator who was supposed to revive the offense put it to sleep instead.

The worst issues involved quarterbacks. First, Tim Tebow joined the team. Second, he was underutilized. Third, his presence may have undermined Mark Sanchez's self-confidence and with it his play.

Ryan is probably back because he kept the Jets in the playoff hunt for 14 weeks despite injuries that decimated offensive skill positions and took away his best defensive player, Darrelle Revis.

But unless he supports rebuilding the offense to meet today's high-octane, quarterback-centered trend and rebuilding the Jets' public image through sensible media policies, 2013 could be Rex Ryan's last as the New York Jets' head coach.

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