Prior to today’s loss to the Dolphins Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that Jets head coach Rex Ryan could be out of a job if his team doesn’t finish the season strong.
Ryan’s future with the Jets beyond this season remains up in the air despite transforming a team not expected to be a part of the playoff conversation with five weeks left in the regular season. Although Ryan often exaggerates the point by citing one ESPN Week 1 power ranking (comprised, by the way, of a grand total of six voters), there’s no debating that the 5-6 Jets have overachieved entering Sunday’s critical game against the 5-6 Dolphins.
Ryan absolutely deserves to be back next season to continue the rebuilding phase, but much of the focus this month will center on what it will take for him to salvage his job. The Jets remain in the playoff hunt, but a postseason berth shouldn’t be a prerequisite for Ryan to stick around.
Let’s be real: He deserves Coach of the Year consideration if a team with a rookie quarterback, subpar offensive skill-position players and seven new defensive starters (not to mention a coaching staff that underwent a massive overhaul) wins eight games.
After being manhandled by Miami on Sunday, you have to wonder if the Jets will be able to stop the free fall they’re currently caught in.