JetsOhFive, on 16 November 2011 - 05:23 AM, said:
Ryan has done great things for the Jets, I rather have him any day of the week over Mangini and all the "Mangini Guys" that he had to fill the team up with that couldn't play worth a crap.
Agreed, although he no doubt has his faults. I can't see how Rex would be on the hot seat if results start going sour; getting to two straight AFC Championship games is some achievement, while there seems to be a good working relationship between him and Tannenbaum. New England and Pittsburgh didn't get to where they are in this league by chopping and changing coaches at will, and I don't want to see the team go down the route of most others in the league and constantly let coaches go when the going gets tough. Yes the front office were somewhat ruthless with Mangini, but in hindsight that was the perfect time to start afresh, coming off a late season collapse and the short-lived Brett Favre era.
With Rex, I think he needs to get the team to play more disciplined football, but you can't fault the wins we've racked up under him (even if there could have been more). It's great having a defence with aggressive players such as Bart, Eric Smith and Cro, but - especially in the case of the latter two - it needs to be drilled in that football smarts are vitally important too. When it comes to penalties, we rank somewhere near the middle overall, but too often flags fly against us at important moments of the game. Monday night was an example of that when Smith got punished for a facemask inside of two minutes, while on offense we're forever creating 3rd and long situations for Sanchez to deal with.
Don't forget though - we're still in the thick of the playoff race even if the division is a long shot. 5-4 may not match our expectations, but it could be worse had we not pulled wins out of the bag against Dallas and San Diego. If things don't go to plan tomorrow night, then by all means begin to worry, but there is still plenty of football to play.