Originally Posted by BamaJets
I agree that things aren't going well, but is coaching really the major problem? It is, for the most part, the players. Not nearly enough playmakers for an NFL team (especially offense). Anyone who knows football can tell you that.
Rex has shown when he had better talent he could get the team places. Rex's defenses are always great, though not so much this year. Run D is 30, but pass D can still play. But 2011 #5, 2010 #3 and 2009 #1. If you think Rex just forgot how to coach since last season, well think again.
If the Jets give up on Rex after only 4 seasons and a plus-.500 winning percentage, they will be looking for their 5th head coach of the Woody Era. That ain't good at all. Look at the teams with success -- Giants, Steelers, Pats, Packers, even the Eagles (until this season, but it's obvious after that long Reid and Philly need to split). Those owners were patient with their coaches and it paid off. Do those teams go the playoffs every year? No. And they don't make knee jerk reactions and fire everyone when they don't. Would any of the coaches of those teams take a team with this lack of talent and have them in the playoffs? Not a chance.
Was Gary Kubiak a good coach at the beginning? The Texans owner saw something despite the struggles (worse struggles than the Jets, btw). Then they started to improve the roster and BAM! One of the best teams in the league.
Why can't the Jets re-tool the roster but stick with Rex? 4 years is not enough to prove yourself -- especially for a team with this little talent.
The Jets don't need to get rid of Rex just yet. They need stability in the coaching staff, but someone who has a great football mind making personnel decisions.
But that's the thing-You can not possibly expect to get a high level great football mind to seriously consider this job if he's being told he must keep Rex. Period. GM's want to build their team from the top down, and bottom up. They want their guys in place who share their vision. Very very few people in the football world share Rex's strong one sided defensive approach. That's probably why he was passed over on so many jobs, along with his personality.
If we are hiring a GM you tell the GM it's up to him to either keep or can Rex. Period. Anything less than that is undermining the GM right from the start.