Rex Ryan’s 5 Potential Landing Spots For 2015 Season

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The foundation of a great team is in place for the Falcons, as they have an outstanding trio of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Jake Matthews for building blocks offensively. It would be by far the best quarterback play Rex would have at his disposal, as Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith just do not compare to Ryan in terms of production. Sanchez actually has more playoff success, but it is hard to argue that Sanchez is a better player than Ryan at this stage in their careers.

The problem with the Falcons is that their defense is in shambles. There are no franchise building blocks like on the offensive side of the ball, let alone many strong players. In 2014 the Falcons were last in the NFL in yards allowed, giving up 228 more yards than the New Orleans Saints. They were a little better in scoring defense, ranking 27th in the NFL at 26.1 points per game allowed.

The Falcons have one good player the defense in cornerback Desmond Trufant. The secondary is the backbone of any good Rex led defense, so having one good building block there is a good start. There would be plenty more work to do on the defensive side of the ball though, but there aren’t many better options than Ryan to turn around a defensive unit. With the offensive firepower the Falcons have, Ryan would be afforded more time than he ever had with the Jets to get the defense where it needs to be.