The most important investment a NFL team can make to gain a competitive edge is a great head coach. A top flight quarterback is valuable but so is a top flight head coach, nevermind one who can get the most out of the quarterback position. This offseason the Jets will make a critical decision on who will replace Rex Ryan. Woody Johnson has went with only defensive backgrounds in his previous hires, see-sawing between player friendly coaches and disciplinarians.

Herman Edwards, Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan all reached the playoffs. Edwards went 39-41, with two 10 win seasons, one division title and two playoff wins. Ryan is going to finish with a highly comparable resume. He is currently 44-47, with one 10 win season, zero division titles and four playoff wins. Mangini went 23-25 with zero playoff wins but had the same amount of winning seasons (two) in three years that Ryan did in six. Where will Johnson turn and will current GM John Idzik be involved in the decision? We won’t know for a few weeks but here are a few candidates to keep an eye on:

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