Wednesday, January 14, 2009

We're all dyin' for Ryan


After winning the fan vote with an overwhelming margin, it looks like Rex Ryan will be the next head coach of the New York Jets. Nothing is signed, sealed, or delivered, but the New York Jets are expected to hire the Ravens coach next week, assuming his Baltimore team loses to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Again, nothing is official yet. Steve Spagnuolo is scheduled to interview again. He was the early frontrunner, and he has a second chance to impress the Jets brass. If he doesn't, Ryan's chances grow.

Brian Schotenheimer is well-respected within the organization, and he still poses a threat, and at one point I thought he might be the leader. Still, it would be hard to justify promoting him after three mediocre offensive years, and Ryan might be too tempting to pass up.

However, beware the chance that Ryan spurns the Jets. St. Louis has also interviewed him and listed him as one of five finalists for its head coaching position.

Still, when the dust settles, expect Ryan to win the job. And if there's one thing I've seen from his defenses, there's an attitude there, almost an arrogance. Chad Pennington threw five interceptions against his defense, one week after winning in Giants Stadium week 17.

And once Spagnuolo interviews again, the longer the race goes, the better Ryan's odds get. Remember, the Jets can't hire him until the Ravens are out of the playoffs. But on the flip side, if the Ravens are playing into February, will the Jets wait for him that long?

Russ Grimm, a darkhorse for the job, also can't be hired until after the Cardinals lose out.

But it appears Ryan is the Jets' man. Go Steelers.

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