Jets retaining Rex Ryan makes very little sense

By the numbers, Rex Ryan retaining his job doesn't make a lot of sense

1/2/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 13, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) shake hands during the pre game warmups for their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY SportsChase Stuart of Football Perspective took an in-depth look at the bottom 5 defenses in the NFL between 2002 and 2012, and specifically the retention of head coaches, offensive coordinators and starting quarterbacks.

In that 11-year span, there were only 7 teams that had an offense among the bottom five in the league, and still decided to keep their HC/OC/QB combo intact.

From the column:
"Of the 55 teams to finish in the bottom five, the only times the HC/OC/QB were all retained were when the head coach was in his first season and the 2003 Texans, who still carried with them the air of expansion."

As you know, this isn't Rex Ryan's first year at the helm. This was his 5th year with the Jets, and he has a combined record of 42-38 over those five seasons. That's only an average of one game better per year than the Jets did in the previous 5 seasons combined (37-43).

The players seem to like him, but can Rex Ryan really lead the Jets to the promised land? Can Geno Smith be the QB that helps him get there?

Other offenses in the bottom five this year ended up getting a face lift of one sort or another, as Stuart points out. The Giants are considering getting rid of OC Kevin Gilbride. The Buccaneers have already fired Greg Schiano. The Texans look like they're cleaning house altogether, with their coach having been the first one to be fired, and their QB situation looking like a dumpster fire. The Jaguars will also likely be looking at a new QB next year, since Blaine Gabbert has officially reached "Bust" status.

The Jets seem to be one of the only teams in recent history to finish in the bottom 5 in the league in offense, yet still somehow decide that their main components should stay intact. Are the Jets making a mistake?
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