TOJ Roundtable – Rex Ryan Extension Edition

The TOJ Roundtable discusses how Rex Ryan can improve as a Head Coach in 2014

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With news of Rex Ryan’s extension coming out today…how can he improve as a head coach in 2014?

Joe Caporoso – There are two main areas: consistency and limiting loyalty. Rex has a bad habit of not having his teams properly prepared in certain weeks (very frequently after a win) and of playing scared/conservative against teams that he considers physical. As for the loyalty issue, Rex needs to be play the best player always, regardless of what anybody has done in the past for him. Rex has an excellent defensive mind and a magnetic personality but he still has strides to take in the previously mentioned areas, along with in-game management. (Protect those timeouts and stop throwing so many ill-timed challenge flags!)

Connor RogersMy biggest issue with Rex is the inconsistency of preparation. There are games where he brings an all-world type game plan (playoff game versus New England in 2010 and Saints game this season) and games where the team looks like a junior varsity squad (Cincinnati this season).

Inconsistencies should be expected with young teams, which explains much of this past season. With another year in the books for this extremely young squad, Rex needs to have them ready to bring their A game each week. Consistency much be preached in practice week in and week out.

Cole PattersonRex Ryan, to the surprise of many, has shown a propensity to adapt and evolve as a head coach. He no longer floods the airwaves with bombast and hyperbole. He has slackened his antiquated offensive philosophy and deferred to Mornhinweg. This is the good news. The bad news is that there are still some glaring issues with his game planning and decision making.

Improving his week to week game planning is one way in which Rex can continue to improve. One week he will concoct a perfect game plan and have his team mentally prepared for the challenge ahead. The next week it could seem as if he just took a week off and let the chips fall as they did. This is the biggest roadblock to the Jet finding consistency.

Rex also has a tendency to favor certain players (see Ed Reed) and give them unwarranted playing time. This is a major flaw in Rex’s decision making. He allows the whole team to suffer for his personal code and, while this quality endears players to him, will lose the Jets games.

Dalbin Osorio – I’d like to see Rex improve in his clock management (Jets still struggle with the appropriate use of timeouts), cease with the silly challenges, and be more accountable to veteran players. I know those things aren’t in the X’s & Os of football, but these are things that great coaches don’t consistently struggle with. Rex’s challenges seem full of emotion for me, and I feel like he is usually taking his players at their word regarding whether to challenge a play or not. Improving his clock management would go a long way towards eliminating delay of game penalties that the Jets seem to commit so many of. This year is playoffs or bust, IMO, and Rex needs to clean up the details in order to evolve as a coach.

TJ Rosenthal – Rex is who he is at this point. He’s toned down his personality with the media. He has an OC who seeks to dial it up more than Schotty and Sparano did. He re-branded his defense from one whose strength was its corners to one where the power now comes from up front.

The two things that still stand out as  needing work still is his unwavering loyalty which at times allows struggling players the undeserved gift of too much rope and his lack of feel for throwing and winning the challenge flag. Both are areas based on feel and it’s possible that the guy is just too much of a players coach and emotional with the red flag to fix either

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Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports