Commentary

How Rex Ryan may be hurting the Jets

His approach to calling a game could be limiting the offense's ability to attack

Originally Published: December 2, 2010
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesRex Ryan has been great for the Jets' franchise -- although his approach may be causing the offense to attack less.

It is an unquestioned fact that Rex Ryan is one of the most brilliant defensive playcallers in the NFL. For proof, one needs look no further than how well he has dealt with the multitude of problems thrown his way this season.

The Jets do not have a great pass rusher, lost their dominant run-stuffing nose tackle (Kris Jenkins) in the first week and didn't get the services of linebacker Calvin Pace until Week 5.

Ryan also had to make due without shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis for multiple games. The cavalry could have come to save the day in the form of Kyle Wilson, the highly touted cornerback taken with this year's first-round draft pick, but he has performed so poorly that he has been relegated to fourth-string status.

Throw in a schedule that included matchups against Baltimore, New England, Denver, Green Bay, Houston and Cincinnati, and most defenses would be happy to have just survived the onslaught.

Ryan's D did more than survive; it has thrived against this daunting task. The Jets rank third in the league in total yards allowed, fourth in rushing yards allowed -- and, most important, fourth in points allowed.

It is this type of achievement that all but certainly confirms to Ryan that playcalling is the key to success. Effective game-planning works, regardless of your own personnel situation or the personnel level of your opponent.

For all of the success this playcalling regimen has provided the Jets, it also could be hurting the team by impacting the way offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer attacks Gang Green's opposition.