Ryan's ego will cost him his job
Rex Ryan is likely to be fired from his post as the head coach of the New York Jets at the end of this disappointing football season.
But it will be his fault. His stubborn nature has kept him from having a chance to keep his job.
Even after a 3-6 start, Ryan stuck with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Even after Sanchez threw for an underwhelming 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions during those nine games, Ryan stuck with Sanchez. Now the Jets are 6-8 and will miss the playoffs. It’s unconscionable.
All the while, Ryan has had a proven winner sitting on the bench. Sure, Tim Tebow may not be the best quarterback in the NFL. He may not be the traditional drop-back passer. But, with the risk of sounding like ESPN’s Skip Bayless here, all he does is win.
Last season, the Denver Broncos began the season 1-4 with Kyle Orton starting under center. So head coach John Fox benched Orton in favor of Tebow. The Broncos went 8-5 the rest of the season — including a six-game winning streak — and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs. Unlike Ryan, Fox wasn’t too stubborn to make a change.
In the offseason, the Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and traded the now unnecessary Tebow to the Jets for fourth- and sixth-round draft picks. Tebow probably wouldn’t have started or seen the field much playing behind Manning, but Sanchez isn’t Manning (not even on his best days). Why hasn’t Tebow seen the field in New York? Only Ryan knows.
It’s not like Tebow has played poorly when he’s seen the field for the Jets. In very limited action, he’s completed six of his eight passes for 39 yards and rushed for 102 yards on 32 carries. But now that Ryan finally had the nerve to bench his “Sanchize” quarterback after a four-interception performance in Monday night’s 14-10 loss at Tennessee, he’s skipped over Tebow in favor of rookie third-stringer Greg McElroy, who will start on Sunday against the Chargers.
Ryan never wanted Tebow on his squad, and he’s let his ego get in the way when it’s come to playing the proven winner. It appears that that ego will cost Ryan his job.