Rex Ryan has been closely associated with the hot seat for many months now. The New York Jets agreed to bring him back for the 2013 season, but many projected that he wouldn’t last all 16 games. With two weeks left in 2013, Ryan is still employed and he’s likely to stay that way through week 17. But beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess. There are split rumors when it comes to the Jets’ head coach, with some predicting that he’ll be gone in 2014, and with some predicting that he’ll be given another year because he’s done more with less this season.
Ryan is under contract through 2014, so he’s not in a lame duck situation like some believe he is. The Jets just hired a new GM last winter and so it’s not like there’s a new regime coming in that’s going to run Ryan out of town. It’s really going to boil down to whether he’s done enough this season to warrant another run.
New York overachieved this season, but at the same time, really hasn’t made any great strides on the offensive side of the ball. Geno Smith is very much a work in progress and he’s not exactly a lock to be the team’s starting QB in 2014. Will the Jets continue to build around Smith with Ryan at the helm? Has John Idzik seen enough out of this group to not go in a different direction? Those are the big questions right now in New York.
For what it’s worth, long-time NFL reporter John Clayton firmly believes that Ryan is gone next year after talking with his sources. But at this point, it’s still anyone’s guess. If the Jets can finish strong with two wins against the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, it could have an impact on the team’s decision on Ryan moving forward.