The New York Jets have been one of the bigger surprises in the NFL this season. All offseason, people like myself were saying that this team had a snowball’s chance of succeeding in 2013. In fairness, those projections were made with the assumption that Mark Sanchez would be the team’s quarterback. But once the marginally talented QB was knocked out in the preseason, everything changed.
Geno Smith has been far from great this season, but he’s shown flashes of being a long-term solution for the Jets. It’s been an up-and-down season partially because of Smith, but he’s also responsible for a lot of those ups.
But the man that deserves the most credit is none other than Rex Ryan. The head coach was firmly on the hot seat as the season kicked off and to this point, he’s proving all his doubters wrong. There weren’t many people who had the Jets notching five wins all season, and they’re already there at the halfway point. Ryan’s leadership and defense are big reasons why. The Jets’ defense currently ranks seventh in total defense, giving up just 325.2 yards per game.
So with New York greatly overachieving in 2013, it’s begs the question – has Ryan earned another year?
As much as I want to say yes, because Ryan has done such a great job, it’s too early to say for sure. The Jets are 5-4. There’s still a chance they could tank the rest of the way. But even if Ryan gets his team to 7-9, I don’t see how he couldn’t be brought back for another year. Let’s face it, this Jets team is not exactly loaded with talent. Ryan is doing more with less and he deserves a lot of credit.
If I had to guess at this moment in time, I’d say that Ryan is back at the helm in 2014.