As the Miami Dolphins entered Sunday’s matchup with the New York Jets in week 17, there appeared to be two things on the line. First, for the Dolphins, it was their playoff lives they were fighting for. If the Dolphins won, they would have needed the Baltimore Ravens and San Diego Chargers to lose as well, and they would be in.
For New York, it was still not clear whether or not head coach Rex Ryan would keep his job, regardless of a win or loss in this one. There have been plenty clamoring for his firing due to obvious reasons, but then there are others who like and appreciate his coaching style and want him to stay — most of the players fall under the latter category.
After the Jets took down Miami in convincing fashion Sunday, both of those questions were answered. The Dolphins will, indeed, not be playing another game this season and instead will miss the playoffs. On the other hand, Ryan’s job appears to be safe.
According to the team’s official Twitter account, owner Woody Johnson confirmed the fact that Ryan will be retained as the head coach of the Jets. In fact, according to Seth Walder of the New York Daily News, the decision by Johnson was made a couple of weeks ago and that Ryan was informed prior to Sunday’s action.
Rex said he was told before game he’ll be back. #nyj
— Seth Walder (@SethWalderNYDN) December 29, 2013
Well, there you have it. It’s just how everyone thought this game would end, right? The Dolphins lose and Ryan keeps his job.