Should Jets bring back Rex Ryan as defensive coordinator?
The Bills have fired Rex Ryan, who was the Jets’ head coach from 2009-14.
It’s pretty clear Ryan won’t be an NFL head coach again any time soon — if ever again. But what about a defensive coordinator job, if he’s willing to take that position instead of going into television?
Look, it’s highly unlikely the Jets would re-hire Ryan as a coordinator, so soon after firing him as head coach. But there could be some pros to the move.
Ryan knows and loves the New York market. Jets owner Woody Johnson likes Ryan. The strong presence of Ryan could help solidify Todd Bowles’ coaching staff, presuming the Jets retain Bowles for a third season in 2017.
Bowles would have to fire defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers to make room for Ryan, and Bowles likely doesn’t want to do that. Plus, Bowles really is the Jets’ defensive coordinator, since he calls the plays. Would he give up those duties to Ryan? There’s no way Ryan would be a coordinator and not call plays, right?
(Of course, Bowles might not have a choice in either of these matters — regarding Rodgers and calling defensive plays — if the Jets retain him with conditions.)
Could Ryan’s presence be a threat to Bowles? Perhaps. But now that Ryan is essentially finished as a head coach, it’s not like he would be a legitimate candidate to take over for Bowles anyway — especially not with the Jets.
Then again, the Jets might just fire Bowles after this season and start fresh with a new coaching staff in 2017. Would that even further open the door for a potential Ryan return as defensive coordinator? That would depend on the new head coach.
In the end, this is something fun to think about, with Ryan maybe coming back to the Jets, but there is next to zero chance to actually happens.
If nothing else, though, it’s an interesting barstool debate to have with friends this weekend. Maybe order up some Buffalo wings in honor of Ryan, too.