New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan likely has one more game remaining with the franchise. All indications at this point are that the Jets will part ways with the mostly successful coach on Black Monday, as it’s being called.
Ryan, who coached the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship game appearances in his first two seasons with the team, isn’t lacking any confidence in his ability to win games in the NFL.
I see myself winning it (Super Bowl) as a head coach,” Ryan said after practice on Tuesday, via NY Post. “I definitely see it. If that happens, I guess we’ll find out.
There is little doubt that Ryan is a great defensive mind. Even in the midst of a three-win season, the Jets have stepped up on that side of the ball, holding opponents to under 20 points five times this year. That’s an amazing stat considering the Jets inability to do anything on offense and their injuries in the secondary.
The issue here is that Ryan’s offenses have been utterly atrocious since he took over as the team’s head coach back in 2009. The Jets haven’t finished better than 25th in total offense in any of the past four seasons and have finished in the bottom five in scoring offense in each of the last three campaigns.
In order for Ryan to be successful, he needs to build a strong offensive coaching staff. And in reality, we are pretty sure he understands that.
Ryan also seems to be confident in his ability to succeed should he be given a shot to be a head coach again.
I was given some gifts and obviously a lot less in other areas, but I can coach football,” Ryan said. “And I know that. … I think that’s what gives me the belief that one day I’m gonna win that thing. That’s how I feel. And that’s it. I guess that’s just the way I’m wired. I don’t look at myself as a three-win coach. I know I’m better than that, but this is where we’re at right now.
With what promises to be at least a half dozen head coaching openings, we can rest assured that Ryan will be given an opportunity to interview for a nice amount of them. If not, he can easily acquire a job as a defensive coordinator until the right head coaching job comes along.
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