Did Rex Ryan choose the wrong pilot to fly the Jets?
There is a sentiment that Rex Ryan should be retained as head coach of the New York Jets moving forward. But after losing control of the team last season, Ryan hasn’t seemed to have done much better this time around. He chose to bring in Tony Sparano as his offensive coordinator, and that clearly hasn’t worked. So why should Ryan be given the chance to fire Sparano and bring in some one else now?
It’s become obvious that Ryan wanted nothing to do with having Tim Tebow on his team, but after the meltdown from last season it seems Ryan had no choice but to comply with the decision to trade for Tebow that was clearly made above his head. However, it appears that Ryan simply concocted a scheme to use Tebow just enough to say that he did, while keeping the powers that be happy without truly embracing the idea of Tebow Mania.
To make matters worse Ryan may have stuck with Mark Sanchez as his starter just so that he wouldn’t have to start Tebow, even after it became apparent that Sanchez should have been removed as the starter. Ryan did not learn from the example that John Fox set the previous season when he was in the same predicament.
Fox wanted to stick with Kyle Orton as his starter, even though Orton was not playing well. But he eventually relented when it became obvious that he had to play Tebow, and the Broncos ended up going to the playoffs. However, instead of following that example Ryan defied it, and the Jets fans have paid the price with the team being out of the playoffs for the second straight season.
The fact that the Jets ownership and management are not on the same page, highlights the reason why new leadership is required. One side wanted Tebow, and the other side clearly didn’t. But instead of hashing that out before the trade was made, they went ahead and did it anyway. Many people dislike Tim Tebow, but he didn’t deserve to be jerked around the way the Jets have this season.
Unlike the Broncos when they got rid of Tebow, there will be no Peyton Manning coming in next season to save the day for the Jets. Rex Ryan had better hope that Greg McElroy plays well the next two games, because his job may depend on it. But then again, if McElroy does play well, then one would have to ask the question why wasn’t he starting over Sanchez weeks ago?
The level of incompetence over this matter is inexcusable, as it seems this entire season for the Jets has been one big waste of time. The draft picks for Tebow have been flushed down the toilet, and the franchise QB money given to Sanchez, has clearly been spent on what amounts to a journeyman QB. There is no doubt that Rex Ryan had a tricky situation to try to balance this season, but the really good coaches handle those situations and still find ways to win.
There was a clear flight plan that Rex Ryan could have taken in order to help the Jets win this season. But it seems that flight plan to winning wasn’t to Rex Ryan’s liking. So instead, he let the Jet crash with Mark Sanchez as his pilot, instead of flying it in the direction he didn’t want to go in with Tebow.
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