The New York Jets have had a rough season no doubt. And now there are reports that head coach Rex Ryan might be gone next season. He definitely shouldn't be. Ryan deserves to be the head coach next season because he has done well with the injuries and level of talent on the current Jets squad.
The Jets could've been down and out early on in the season. But with Ryan, they remained in the playoff hunt for most of the season.
Fox's Jay Glazer, per Bob Raissman of New York Daily News, reported that during a team meeting before Week 16 against the Cleveland Browns, Ryan spoke to the players about his troubles, stating "Guys, word on the street (is) I’m getting fired. I’m not coming back. I’ve got two weeks left.”
And with that, the players came together and played for their coach. The Jets went on to win 23-13 against the Browns.
He doesn’t just bark orders at people (or) stand behind a podium and yell at guys. He tells guys what he wants them to do, but at the same time, he believes in them and gives them respect. Guys appreciate that.
While Ryan may not be the best coach in the NFL, he certainly has done well with his 2013 team. He deserves to stay for two main reasons. Firstly, he has maintained a pretty decent defense. Secondly, he has led his team to many victories, considering the level of talent and experience on the offense.
Geno Smith was forced into being the Jets quarterback early in the season. And he has struggled. But Ryan has done a good job guiding Smith through the season. All he really needs to do is find Smith some more offensive weapons, and then we'll see what Smith is really capable of.
Meanwhile, Ryan's defense is ranked third overall in the NFL in rushing yards allowed.
Of course, the defense have suffered in some aspects of its game. But don't blame Ryan.
"We’ve let him down from the standpoint of not being the defense during some parts of the games, that attacking defense that we know that we can be," said cornerback Antonio Cromartie to Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger.
There is support for Ryan to remain as head coach. Rich Coutinho of WFAN tweeted that Ryan should stick around due to his ability to beat elite players.
Despite Jets tumble I vote for Rex's return--any HC who has beaten Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady in same year should return— Rich Coutinho (@coutinho9) December 3, 2013
2014 will be a better year for Ryan. That's if he finds some offensive players first.
The Jets would do good with some new offensive linemen. They should specifically look for players who are known for pressuring the quarterback and the passing game. Wide receivers Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill are both young enough to continue to develop into dominant players.
With a Jets team consisting of healthy players and new blood, there's every chance they can improve next season.
And Ryan wants to stay with the team when they turn around. “I’m proud of this Jets team,” Ryan told Mehta. ... "We don’t have the record that we wanted... but we have the effort, we have the desire and the determination.”