After yesterday's game, I truly feel for Rex. That's not to say he's been perfect as the Jets' HC, or blameless...on some occasions he's come off like a buffoonish cartoon character, and at other times he's come off like a defensive coordinator masquerading as a head coach. But I still think there's something there, and it looks like it's going to take another franchise (and a GM and owner who won't completely screw up his chances the way Idzik and Johnson did) for him to show that.
His record against the Pats is nothing spectacular on the surface: 4-9. But I would say he outcoached the Genius in at least half of those games, and had significantly inferior personnel in many of them. The job he and his team did in the playoffs up in NE was superb. He had his team in just about every game against the Patriots in five out of the last six, and with some breaks, the Jets could've split those six games, instead of going 1-5. Ryan's Jets did this despite having a Mark Sanchez at QB whose game was clearly unraveling in 2012, and having Geno Smith in 2013-14, who has often not even looked like an NFL-worthy player. Last season, he somehow coached a squad that had no business winning more than 4 or 5 games to 8 wins.
Really curious to see what he does for his next team.
I'm rooting for Ryan to get a job with a team that has a QB. He's a good coach, and he has toned down the nonsense, which shows some personal growth. Most of the players like him, and that's been a constant in his time with the Jets.