Sorry, objectively looking at it from the outside, I'm not buying Rex Ryan as anything more than an average HC, if that.
1. In 09, he took Mangini's 9-7 team (possibly even better than that had Favre not got injured), added some weapons and ended up going 7-7 through 14 competitive games before 2 playoff teams considered the jest games so meaningless that they pulled their starters half way through. The game he needed to and should have won to stay in legitimate contention for the postseason was game 14 at home vs the already dead Atlanta Falcons which he lost. During that 7-7 run prior to Bengals and 14-0 Colts largesse, at one point he lost 6 out of 7, and overall beat teams with less than a final .400 winning percentage.
2. In contention in '11at 8-5, he lost the final 3 games, proving that water strives to reach its own level, at a mediocre 8-8
3. He's lost 13 out of his last 19 games, stubbornly refusing to lift statistically the worst QB in the league since JaMarcus, especially when he had someone who didn't look pretty doing it, but won a playoff game the previous year for Denver.
4. He hired an offensively-unproven Tony Sparano, actually stating at the time that he considered The Meatball more or less a mini me. That cluelessness is on Rex.
5. Like Nero, he metaphorically fiddled, at least in '11, clueless that his clubhouse was exploding
6. Between the immoral wife pimping, voyeurism, gunner-tripping, reporter sexual harrassment, fingers and F bombs to fans, he certainly did not reflect professionally on his team.
7. Rex's descending career trajectory eerily resembles Rich Kotite in Philly before the jest had their brainfart in hiring him?
Season 1: Rex 7-7-2; Kotite: 10-6
Season 2 Rex 11-5; Kotite 11-5
Season 3: Rex 8-8; Kotite 8-8
Season 4: Rex 6-10; Kotite 7-9
Rex: 32-30-2 - arrow pointing down
Kotite: 36-28 - fired
8. 4 seasons, and despite 1 earned and 1 charity trips to the postseason, still never coming away with a single piece of divisional or post season hardware!
He gets credit for the '11 season and legit success in the postseason but overall that's past history and 1 out of 4 years success, especially coupled the unnecessary distractions and embarrassments, as well as his brash and empty guarantees, IMO do not a particularly competent HC make. However, given all of this, unfortunately I think Itzdick may be the real deal and that Rex is presently on "probation." I hope I'm wrong cuz
"I worry about wins; I don't worry about meaningless fantasy #s"
(fine for RT17 but not when it comes to someone's HC and beloved QB)