Debating Whether Rex Ryan Should Stay or Go

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst INovember 4, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan looks on against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan's four years in New York have been a roller coaster ride.

The Jets have been among the best teams in the NFL on several occasions, but have also been among the most embarrassing as of late.

Many of asking for Ryan's immediate departure, but the polarizing head coach deserves at least another year to right the ship.

Under Ryan, the Jets have enjoyed more continued success than they have at any other point in franchise history.

In his first two seasons, Ryan led New York within a game of the Super Bowl, despite below-average play at the quarterback position.

Ryan is one of the best defensive minds in the business. In his first three full seasons as head coach, the Jets defense ranked in the top five in total defense. 

Rex has beaten the likes of Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady on the road in the postseason, and he has been able to consistently draw up game plans that neutralize elite quarterbacks. 

Ryan is lambasted for his big mouth and his failure to back it up, but Jets fans need to remember when no one outside of the Big Apple cared about Gang Green. 

Rex has brought the Jets back into football relevance. For that, he should be commended. 

Ryan may have lost control of his locker room last season, but he is a players' coach who always manages to get the best effort out of his players. 

With a roster devoid of talent and devastated by injuries this season, he has managed to keep New York above water.

The defense ranks 16th in the NFL, despite losing Darrelle Revis for the season, possessing an awful pass rush and receiving subpar play from David Harris and Bart Scott.

Ryan's best move has been sticking with Mark Sanchez in times of turmoil. By turning to Tebow, Ryan would not only be throwing away the same quarterback he enjoyed so much success with, but admitting to the league that the franchise is desperate.

Rex Ryan has done a fantastic job this season, and he has proved that he is indeed one of the finest coaches in the league.

The Jets' current win-loss record may show otherwise, but Ryan has managed to overcome tremendous adversity. 

The schedule gets much easier in the second half for Gang Green, and if Ryan can manage to gather his troops for a big run, he may lock himself into another long-term deal to stay in the Big Apple for years to come.