You Decide: When Should New York Jets Fire Rex Ryan?

Nick KostoraContributor IIIDecember 9, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21:  Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets yells to the referees during the game against the New England Patriots on October 21, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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At some point the New York Jets will be forced to make a decision on the future of Rex Ryan

The embattled head coach has been at the helm of one of the most dysfunctional teams in recent memory. From media silence to locker room fights, anything and everything has happened under Ryan's watch.

The ongoing quarterback controversy is only the latest example that Ryan is no longer equipped to lead New York to the Super Bowl. He may have seemed like the right man for the job after two AFC Championship Game appearances, but the luster from those games is clearly wearing off.

Ryan has stuck beside QB Mark Sanchez to a fault, even as Sanchez refuses to progress or evolve as a passer. The former USC Trojan has the lowest completion percentage of any starting QB and has thrown 12 touchdowns compared to 13 interceptions.

At 5-7, the Jets are clearly playing below expectations and the writing may be on the wall for Ryan and his staff. The question is when should the Jets fire him?


The Case For Firing Him Now

There is little to gain from keeping Ryan any longer. He can do little to salvage his job outside of a miraculous 9-7 finish and clear improvement from Sanchez.

The odds of either of those things happening are lower than Patriot's coach Bill Belichick smiling. It is simply not going to happen, and by firing Ryan now, the Jets can get the jump on the prospective coaching search.

Once the offseason rolls around there will be a plethora of teams looking for new leading men and the Jets will be exposed for their lack of offensive talent.

It makes more sense to begin the next era of Jets football as soon as possible and forget the failures of Ryan.


The Case for Waiting Until the Season Ends

There is little to gain by forcing an assistant coach to assume charge of New York's current mess as the team searches for a new coach. 

A team with so many issues would only get worse without a head coach that everyone at least likes and enjoys being around. An interim coach would be forced into a tough situation and the Jets play could deteriorate to a level lower than it already is.

There has been enough media scrutiny surrounding the Jets and the Tebow situation all season, forcing the team to answer questions about their fired head coach is an added distraction they don't need.



Now it's time for you to decide. Vote in the poll above and sound off in the comment section about when (or if) the Jets should fire Ryan.