Given the frustrations caused by losing, it is reasonable for New York Jets fans to be frustrated. Not too long ago, this was a team contending for Super Bowl glory while sporting one of football’s finest defensive units. Bravado from head coach Rex Ryan helped take pressure from players and put the onus strictly on the lead man.
Sadly, the talent eroded from Gang Green’s receiving group while the quarterback play also suffered. It was apparent that Ryan’s ability to choose offensive personnel did not match his specialty in building great defenses. Now the Jets are facing reality after three straight years without a playoff berth. Even when their AFC conference suffered mediocrity at the bottom, New York was unable to take advantage.
Ryan’s formula suffered somewhat this year because his leaky secondary. Despite a solid pass rush, too many big plays doomed this team when it mattered most.
Going forward, getting more talented wideouts will help. QB Geno Smith’s ability to be “the guy” is in question. However, the status of Ryan’s job remains a topic of discussion. Players like defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and offensive lineman Willie Colon stated their support for their coach. If a stable veteran arrives next year, another draft prospect is chosen and Smith improves, then Ryan and the defense won’t face as much pressure.
Entering the final year of his contact, there is great speculation that Jets owner Woody Johnson will look to avoid a “lame duck” coach. I don’t know if winning their last two games and going 8-8 will definitely save Ryan’s job, but 6-10 will most likely mean a new start. Therefore, look for the players to continue giving their best efforts.