I think Rex Ryan has gotten all he can out of this team and it will be best for both parties if he’s no longer the Jets’ head coach after this season.
With the NFL becoming an offensive league, making the lives’ of the defenders very difficult, it’s time to replace Ryan with an offensive-minded head coach.
Here are five candidates I think that would be a good fit to replace Ryan:
No. 1 Gary Kubiak
Kubiak is currently the offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. He comes from the Mike Shannahan coaching tree and was the head coach of the Houston Texans from 2006-13. He is known for his zone running system. With Kubiak, the Jets can put their running backs in the best position to succeed, while also displaying a dynamic passing game. During his time in Houston, he turned undrafted running back Arian Foster and third-round quarterback Matt Schaub into two of the best in the league at their position.
No. 2 Hue Jackson
Jackson is currently the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. Jackson gets a bad reputation after being fired by the Oakland Raiders when he was their head coach after one season when the team went 8-8. Since then, he has helped turn the Bengals offensive into one of the best in the league. His calm demeanor would be a nice change of pace from Ryan’s style and he can help mentor quarterback Geno Smith being one of the league’s better quarterbacks.
No. 3 Darrell Bevell
Bevell is currently the offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, a position he has been in since 2011. Few people besides die-hards and Seahawks fans know who he is, but he’s quietly been one of the great offensive coordinators in the league. His balanced offense has become one of the best in the NFL. Bevell could turn Smith and running back Chris Ivory into the Jets version of the Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch.
No. 4 Kevin Sumlin
Sumlin is currently the head coach of the Texas A&M Unversity Aggies. At his stops at the University of Houston and A&M, Sumlin had one of the, if not the most, explosive offensive in the country. This hire is a long shot, but if it could happen he will bring his energy and explosive offense to the NFL. With the way the NFL treats defenses now, Sumlin would have immediate success in the NFL.
No. 5 Art Briles
Briles is currently the head coach of Baylor University. He’s another long shot because he will turn 60 years old in December and Baylor’s football program has never been better than it currently is. Having said that, if there’s ever a time for Briles to make a move, it will be now because he’s getting up there in age. He was a great mentor to former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and current Heisman candidate Bryce Petty. He could turn Smith into a dominant and confident quarterback.
Looking forward to this weekend’s game against the San Diego Chargers, I think the Jets will lose yet again. The Chargers will win 38-21 and Chargers’ quarterback Phillip Rivers will throw four touchdown passes.