Rex Ryan: C
Ryan's grade is a complex one, filled with some good positives and ugly negatives. First of all, this team was not constructed to win. Ryan got the most out of the team through 13 weeks before a three-game losing streak forced the season to end in flames.
While Ryan does have input on the roster, how much input will never really be known. The New York media cannot be trusted in reporting just how much of a say Ryan had because of their obvious ax to grind against him.
Common sense would say that it wasn't Ryan's call to trade up to draft a project wide receiver in the second round, so Ryan's input can't be all that great.
On the plus side, Ryan again put a top-10 defense out on the field and did so with an aging linebacker unit and after losing Darrelle Revis. His handling of LaRon Landry, Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples were highlights, and he continued his trend of baffling rookie an inexperienced quarterbacks.
Ryan also set out to keep the locker room united and instill discipline on the team. He accomplished both of those feats with flying colors.
One stat the New York media didn't mention all season was that the Jets committed the third-fewest penalties in the NFL this year.
The Jets did not commit a dead-ball personal foul penalty this year, had just seven offensive holding calls (second fewest in the NFL) and had just three offside penalties all season.
That kind of discipline is the mark of a well-drilled team and reflects incredibly positive on the coaching staff.
On the negative side, the Jets were 6-10, and ultimately, that record is attached to the head coach.
Nobody will ever know his role in the Tim Tebow situation, but whatever it was, Ryan didn't do it well. For whatever reasons he had, Ryan simply refused to give Tebow a shot, and nobody will ever know if that's right or wrong.
People like to say that he couldn't do worse than Mark Sanchez, but the truth is that yes, he could have.
Media reporters latched on to the fact that Ryan didn't activate Greg McElroy for a number of games, and once McElroy was given the chance to start, everyone saw why. Of course, the media didn't admit to any kind of overreaction to keeping McElroy inactive.
Ryan played the cards that were dealt to him in 2012. The season was a failure for sure, but to not recognize Ryan's positives along with his negatives would show the type of tunnel vision that the New York media has shown since they were robbed of their season-ending press conference.
However, he should be penalized for the negatives as well.
When you lump all the positives and negatives together, Ryan comes out with a "C" for the season.
Tony Sparano: F
One of the most frustrating things about Sparano's season is that he does actually have the ability to be a creative play-caller. If you don't believe me, go watch the video of the Jets game this year against the Texans. Sparano threw everything he had at him and almost pulled off the upset.
However, games like that were too far and in between.
Sparano defied logic in his first season as a play-caller and even struggled to get the play call in at times. He took valuable plays like screens and naked bootlegs out of the playbook almost completely and didn't put Sanchez in a position to succeed.
Then there was the Tebow disaster.
Sparano was the coach saddled with coming up with creative ways to use Tebow, and he never did. He also continued to try to force Tebow into games and inopportune times.
Sparano was in over his head as a play-caller this year and will likely be gone once a new general manager is in place.
Mike Pettine: B+
Pettine is a valuable assistant, and even though Ryan is the true architect of the defense, Pettine holds the title of defensive coordinator.
Pettine's defense was the second best in the NFL against the pass in 2012, but struggled mightily against the run.
He gets positive marks in helping to develop Wilkerson and Coples and for juggling a secondary that was without Revis.
A report surfaced that Pettine turned down a contract extension during the season, which is common practice for someone looking to move up in the NFL.
Pettine has ultimate goals of becoming a head coach but can't do that while sitting in the shadows of Ryan. He could move on to become a coordinator for another team and put his own stamp on a defense somewhere.
Mike Westhoff: D
The Jets special teams stunk for the second straight year in 2012, and even if it wasn't all Westhoff's fault, the onus falls on him.
The team struggled with blocking schemes on punts and field goals, committed costly turnovers and set an NFL record for fair catches in a season.
On the plus side, Westhoff oversaw strong return teams and helped straighten out a questionable kicking game.