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Rex Ryan To Run Jets Defense In 2013

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Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky /Getty Images

Rex Ryan announced last week that he will run the New York Jets defense in the upcoming 2013 NFL season, but the question is; will it really matter?

Ryan wil be getting back to his roots, he was the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens from 2005-2008 before he left for New York. I think it will help the Jet’s morale even though the Jets have more issues on the offensive side of the ball than the defense. Ryan knows that this season could be his last if he can’t turn the Jets around fast, when he took over the head coaching job in 2009, he was also the Jets’ defensive coordinator and his defense gave up a league low 236 points and 4.2 yards per play. In 2010 his defense gave up 304 points and 4.8 yards per play and over the past two seasons the Jets’ defense has given up 363 points and 5.0 yards per play in 2011 and in 2012 the Jets allowed 375 points and 5.1 yards per play but again if the Jets’ offense wasn’t so anemic that might been still okay.

If Ryan were an offensive-minded coach he probably would have lost his job already, so he needs to take control of the defense and try to make up for the Jets lack of offense. The two seasons Ryan ran the defense the Jets gave up 14.8 points a game and 252.3 yards of total offense in 2009 and in 2010 the Jets gave up 19 points a game and 291.5 yards a game.

In order for Ryan to keep his coaching job for the 2014 season he is going to need to fix the offense and he started when the Jets got rid of Tony Sparano after only one season as the offensive coordinator and was replaced by Marty Mornhinweg. In order for the Jets to be successful they need to get back to way they played when Ryan first took over the job in 2009; a game management type offense with a strong defense. That is the only way the Jets will be able to turn it around in order to save Ryan from the coaching hot seat if the Jets struggle early and often.