These statements define Rex Ryan’s tenure as Jets head coach. A six-year period that began with a bombshell, and will end with a rude awakening. A rude awakening that will come when Woody Johnson realizes that these 6 seasons were squandered. Ridden with troubles that all sprung from the same position, the quarterback.
It began with Mark Sanchez, and it continued with Geno Smith. The Jets have had trouble finding a franchise quarterback ever since Chad Pennington’s shoulder let him down. Long-term consistency is what NFL teams strive for. When Jet fans look back at what Mark Sanchez was able to accomplish, two consecutive AFC championships doesn’t sound too bad. But you also look back and remember that time when he ran into Brandon Moore’s backside, a memory that defined Sanchez’s Jet tenure.
Well, in all truthfulness, Jets fans should be missing Sanchez right now. Geno Smith represents yet another failed project in these six short seasons under Rex Ryan. Both Smith and Sanchez were phenomenal college quarterbacks who entered the draft with high expectations, but when you look at reasons why they both are looked at as failures, it comes down to the coaching. The Jets have been incapable of developing a quarterback, something that not all coaches can do, something that Rex Ryan, a glorified defensive coordinator, cannot do.
It has been said over and over that coordinators do not always make great head coaches, but in Rex Ryan’s case it has not been for his lack of ability to motivate his team. We have seen Rex fire up the Jets in the midst of this repulsive season. But Rex has lacked the ability to develop a quarterback. You cannot win without a quarterback, and you can definitely not achieve long-term success without a franchise quarterback.
So Jet nation, it looks like Woody Johnson will have to do the inconceivable. It is time to move on, and it is time to cut Rex loose. It isn’t because Rex lacks desire, fight, or the will to win, but rather because there is no other way for this team to move on. A new face is needed, the face of a coach who can do what Rex Ryan never could. The face of a coach who can win, and just win games, win super bowls.