The New York Jets have been a playoff team since hiring Rex Ryan to be their head coach prior to the 2009 season. Their success, though inconsistent during the regular season with consecutive 9-7 seasons, has hinged on the play of the Jets’ defense and their ability to shut opposing offenses down and keep them off the scoreboard.
Unfortunately, the Jets’ offensive unit has been too lackluster to capitalize on the opportunities given by Ryan’s defense, caused, at least in part, by poor play-calling from the Jets’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
This season the Jets are ranked 27th in the NFL in total yards on offense and while a lack of progression from third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez has been cited as part of the issue, it appears Brian Schottenheimer may be in the hot seat because of the offense’s dismal performance.
If the Jets fail to make the playoffs—they’re seated at 8-7 and need a lot of help to earn a wild-card spot—then that possibility will become even more likely.
With so many questions surrounding Schottenheimer’s future with the Jets—including rumors about Schottenheimer and the Dolphins head coaching job—here’s a look at five coaches who should be considered to replace Schottenheimer in the 2012 season.