Jets Rumors: Patriots OC Josh McDaniels a top candidate to replace Rex Ryan?

Rex Ryan's time with the New York Jets, barring some unforeseen circumstance, is all but over. With Ryan on the way out, one New York Daily News writer believes the Jets should look towards one of their most hated rivals for his replacement.

While the Eric Mangini era may scare some Jets fans off of looking to the Patriots for head coaching options, New York Jets columnist Manish Mehta says the time is now to give New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels a second chance as an NFL head coach:

People close to McDaniels believe he learned valuable lessons in Denver that will serve him well the second time around. He’s no Belichick — and won’t try to be again — but plenty of other young coaches, including Belichick, have fallen victim to mimicking mentors in their first gigs.

Belichick learned from his train wreck in Cleveland. McDaniels’ friends are convinced that he’s smart enough to make the appropriate corrections. His supreme self-confidence, however, will never wane. Johnson, or any other owner, shouldn’t want it any other way.

McDaniels was 11-17 as the Denver Broncos head coach in 2009 and 2010, and was part of the brain trust that drafted the polarizing Tim Tebow in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

However, McDaniels now runs one of the most potent offensive attacks in the league and appears to have grown up considerably in the years since being dismissed by the Broncos.

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