New York Jets: Why Rex Ryan Deserves to Be Fired

John Shea@real_johnsheaContributor IIINovember 13, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets talks with referees during the game against the New England Patriots on October 21, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

It's about time for New York Jets (3-6) owner Woody Johnson to rattle the cages as his team continues to plummet further out of playoff contention in embarrassing fashion.

Rex Ryan needs to be fired if the Jets remain uncompetitive against the St. Louis Rams (3-5-1) in Week 11.

Ryan leads a band of players that have spun out of control. The Jets are sputtering in all facets of the game, struggling to sustain any resemblance of a competitive football team.

They've lost their last two games by a combined total of 42 points, scoring an embarrassing tally of one touchdown in the process.

Woody Johnson would do his team a solid by firing the most overrated coach in football and commence the painful procedure of reconstructing a team that somehow reached consecutive AFC Championship games in Ryan's first two seasons at the helm.

A ton has changed since the seeming glory days for the green and white as it's become apparent that the Jets are the most mismanaged franchise in professional football.

NFL coaches are typically the brunt of team failure even if player personnel are not collectively talented enough to win football games.

It starts with the front office and general manager Mike Tannenbaum, but Ryan is responsible for influencing several questionable roster decisions that have depleted the Jets’ ability to efficiently execute their game plan on a week-to-week basis.

Examining the Jets' nose-dive into football irrelevancy reveals extreme redundancies in Ryan's coaching philosophies and strategy, thus making him deserving of soon becoming unemployed.

Ryan prides himself on a power-based rush attack and brute defense. But, the Jets are no longer a beastly force in the trenches on either side of the football.

A critical contributing factor that drove the Jets to the cusp of two potential Super Bowl appearances was the offensive line. They've allowed an astounding 22 sacks in nine games thus far this season.

Embattled quarterback Mark Sanchez has struggled just to maintain possession in pocket-collapsing situations, coughing up the football on eight occasions to combat his nine interceptions.

Ryan has backed countless ugly performances by the fourth-year QB and has stubbornly refused to allow Tim Tebow to see the field in a significant role, despite an extreme lack of playmakers on offense.

It's beyond arguable that Tebow would give the Jets an optimal chance to compete as the deafening clamors to unleash the backup quarterback grow with each glaring mistake committed by Sanchez.

The Jets were largely effective in limiting the pressure put forth on Sanchez in his first two NFL seasons strictly because of an efficient ground game.

But the ground and pound is dead in New York.

The Jets average 3.8 yards per rush attempt, forcing Sanchez to throw nearly 33 passes per game. In comparison, Sanchez threw an average of just 22 passes per contest in his rookie season when the Jets plowed through the Bengals and Chargers in the playoffs before eventually losing to the Colts in the conference title game.

The numbers on the defensive front are staggering for the so-called defensive guru.

Ryan’s defense allows opponents to convert 44.4 percent of third-down conversations and surrenders 145 rushing yards per game, good enough to rank 30th in both categories.

The Jets don’t sustain a potent enough offense to win with a defense that can’t get off the field.

Ryan is constantly preaching to the media that his team needs to get better, even though it appears that the Jets are continuously getting worse.

Is it possible that the Jets quit on their head honcho after suffering a devastating loss to the archrival Patriots (6-3) in Week 7?

Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie would digress, recently claiming that his team would make the playoffs in an exhaustive statement that should be considered laughable.

The numbers don’t lie, nor does the eye test. The Jets are a dysfunctional football team and Rex Ryan deserves to be fired.


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