Often we see situations around the NFL where the futures of various coaches and general managers are tied to quarterbacks. It's a quarterback-driven league, so this shouldn't be surprising.
"Obviously we need to win,” Ryan said Thursday. "This is a big decision. [A big factor] in determining wins and losses is the play of your quarterback a lot of times. But no, I don't feel that my future's tied in with how we do things [with the quarterback]."
Let's examine this statement really quickly, because Rex manages to be both correct and incorrect.
He is correct in that the quarterback position does not directly impact his job security. Whether it's Mark Sanchez, Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Ryan Lindley, Greg McElroy or even Joe Namath is irrelevant for Ryan personally ... as long as he's winning games. His job security is directly correlated to wins, and, if he's winning, he won't lose his job.
However, Ryan is incorrect to a certain degree, because quarterback, more than any other position in the NFL today, influences wins. His win-loss total will be directly impacted by the play of his quarterback. This isn't any less true just because he has a good defense or a good running game. (Or doesn't, as the case may be right now.)
And if Ryan continues to trot out quarterbacks who don't help him win games, the bottom line is that his future will be tied to the quarterback position.
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