Why Sparano and Tannenbaum will be gone and not Rex
Just thinking about this I came up with what I think is a rational reason Rex will be given another opportunity and the aforementioned won't.
I believe that bringing Tebow in was a Tannenbaum/Sparano decision. I am not naive enough to believe that Rex didn't sign off on it but I fully believe that when they all met about it, including Woody, I think Sparano and Tanny saw the positive impact that Tebow could have on the offense and special teams if used correctly. I think Tanny and Sparano fought to have Tebow here. I believe Rex trusted Sparano enough to be able to use him to maximize his effectiveness in games and I fully believe Sparano made Rex believe that. Why wouldn't he? If you look at it Tebow is the perfect Wildcat guy on paper. I understand what Sparano thought but he never utilized him in the correct ways. 3rd or 4th and 1 should have been Tebow time, not on 1st and 10 after your offense has made a few good plays in the middle of the field. We all heard the rumblings that going into the Titans game that Sparano and Tanny wanted Sanchez to start. I don't think the reason for that was to have Sanchez' back I think that they knew Rex would not start Tebow and if he went in a different direction then Sanchez that it would be McElroy and thus sealing both of their fates. That's what ultimately is getting Sparano fired.
Tanny is getting fired not for failed draft picks or FA signings, he is getting fired b/c he didn't put together a competitive roster on the offensive side of the ball. Plain and simple. He ignored an entire half of the team and that is ultimately what the downfall of this team was.
Rex is not getting fired. He is known as a defensive coach and for 4 seasons he has put together a playoff caliber defense. And this year the team would have no more then 4 wins if it wasn't for the defense and in the first 2 years the Jets would have been a .500 or below team if not for the defense. And even though this years defense has not been perceived as being top 10 in the league Rex has actually put together a top 10 defense without arguably the best defensive player in the league. Most coaches would not have been able to do that. He has lived up to his part of the deal, Tanny and Sanchez failed him on offense.
Now some people will say that Sanchez and Rex are tied together. Some will argue that Rex handpicked Sanchez. I don't think that is true. I believe after Rex met with Sanchez he loved his demeanor and make up. But ultimately the scouts and GM need to sign off on his talent level. Rex being a defensive guy would never have been asked if he thought Sanchez had all of the tools to be a great QB. One of the biggest decisions in franchise history was not made from one interview by the head coach whose expertise is defense it was made by all of the research and scouting that was put into it as well as getting to know Sanchez personally. It was the culmination of everything they put into it. If Norv Turner is your head coach and you draft a top 5 QB then I'm sure that he would have had a lot to do with the reason they drafted the QB but not Rex Ryan. Rex is offensively retarded, Sanchez was not his pick alone it was the consensus of the organization. That's why the Sanchez failure doesn't fall on him. And that's why he is not being blamed by the owner for the failure of the past 2 seasons.