Will Andy Reid or Rex Ryan Lose His Job First?

Nick Kostora@@nickkostoraContributor IIIOctober 28, 2012

Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid talks with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan after the game at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

The Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets have been riding a similar struggle bus this season.

That unilateral truth undoubtedly raises the question of which head coach will lose their job first: Andy Reid or Rex Ryan?

Both have made strong cases for unemployment, taking talented rosters and severely under-performing as the season wears on.

Let's analyze both of their cases and come to an educated decision about who will be first to go.


Andy Reid

Reid has been head coach of the Eagles since 1999 and that type of longevity should be commended. However, that long tenure also highlights that fact that Reid has not brought a Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia.  

Now more than ever, the Eagles look like a lost football with no real direction or purpose. Reid made a panic button move a few weeks ago when he fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, but that was a decision which drew widespread criticism.

Philly's issues lie with the offense, so why fire the defensive coordinator? Perhaps this has become a situation much like the one Jeff Fisher encountered with the Tennessee Titans a few seasons ago. A long tenured, quality coach who has simply worn out his welcome with an organization.

Reid would certainly find work quickly if the Eagles parted ways with him, and there is too much talent on Philadelphia's roster to not draw a ton of interest from prospective coaches.

At 3-4 and following their third consecutive loss, the Eagles are clearly in need of some type of legitimate change, whether it be experimenting with Nick Foles at QB, firing Reid or some other drastic move. The current formula is not working.


Rex Ryan

Ryan's outspoken and boisterous personality is polarizing, but it is much easier for all Jets fans to swallow when the team is winning.

That is unfortunately not the case right now. New York has struggled to gain much traction offensively, failing to properly implement the "Tebow-specific packages" and again seeing little growth or production out of starting quarterback Mark Sanchez.

The Jets rank 28th in passing yards per game and have just a 3-5 record at the seasons midpoint. Blowout losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins have highlighted the fact that New York is not a complete football team.

Inconsistencies present themselves week in and week out. Someone has to be at fault for the Jets' faults and at some point that blame lies with the head coach. Ryan is a terrific defensive tactician who has shown he can formulate an elite defense, but what happens when he loses the support of his locker room?

New York has looked uninspired and uninterested at points this season. Losing 30-9 to the Dolphins is simply unacceptable for a team that entered Week 8 only one game back in the AFC East division.

Ryan is a proud individual, a fact proven by his refusal to waiver from Sanchez being his starting QB in recent years. His pride, however, may soon be best served with a different organization.


The Verdict

While both coaches have had unbelievable struggles this season, it is Reid who appears more at fault for his team's failures.

The Eagles have talent in every facet of the game and yet have been unable to win close contests or exhibit any form of consistent play.

Firing the hand-picked defensive coordinator when the main problem lies with the offense is yet another domino falling on the road to Reid's exit from Philadelphia.

Yes, Ryan's Jets are playing nowhere near the level they are capable of, but with Sanchez at QB and star CB Darrelle Revis injured, there are at least legitimate reasons for New York's struggles.

What excuse does Philly have for starting this season 3-4?

Reid will be the first of these two coaches to lose his job.