The festive season may still be in full swing for us mere mortals but in the NFL it's sacking season. After seasons that hover somewhere between the very disappointing to disastrous, the Bears, Jets and Falcons have all swung the axe getting rid of Marc Trestman, Rex Ryan and Mike Smith respectively.
Out of the three newly employed coaches there is only one who should be immediately given a new job. That man is Rex Ryan and the job he should get is head coach of the Atlanta. Simply put, Rex Ryan and the Falcons are a match made in heaven.
Initially, the idea of making Rex Ryan a Head Coach of an NFL franchise might seem stupid bordering on the delusional. The New York Jets after all have finished this season with 4-12 record. Furthermore, two of those wins came against the Titans and the Raiders, two similarly awful teams.
Simply looking at Rex's 4-12 record however misses the point. Even in a season that often verged on the meltdown Ryan was able to marshal his meager resources to put together competitive game plans. Without a real quarterback, even semi-decent cornerbacks or in truth a roster with talent Ryan gave the Packers, the Lions, the Patriots (twice), the Dolphins and Vikings really tough games.
Rex Ryan consistently puts together teams that play tough hard football. Furthermore, he is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL today. These qualities are qualities that the Falcons are desperately lacking currently.
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Watching Atlanta it is easy to see that when the going gets tough the players aren't quite up for the fight. The Wembley game against the Lions perfectly exemplified this. The Falcons took a huge early lead and then simply wilted as they allowed the Lions to bully their way back into the game. It is hard to see that happening to a Rex Ryan team.
This is not to say that Rex doesn't have his problems as a Head Coach. Chief amongst these problems is that Rex wasn't able to develop a quarterback. Under Rex's tutelage both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith have seen their careers as a franchise quarterback stutter before bursting into life like the Hindenburg.
In many ways this is why Ryan would be perfect for the Falcons however. The Falcons already have a Matt Ryan a genuine franchise QB on the roster. Even more promisingly they also have a great wide receiver in Julio Jones.
Offensively then the most important and hard to find pieces are already in place. Rex can focus on improving the pieces around Matt Ryan a task that with Thomas Dimitroff he should be more than able to manage.
The Falcons will not want to rush towards any appointment and like everyone else they will no doubt be interested in Dan Quinn and Adam Gase. Ultimately, though Rex Ryan should work his way to the top of the Falcons pile.
Rex Ryan and the Falcons are a match made in heaven.