In his first season, Ryan led the Jets to the AFC Championship game with a rookie quarterback. In that postseason, they defeated a heavily favored San Diego Chargers before losing to Peyton Manning and the Colts in the championship game. Despite failing to make the Super Bowl, the Jets exceeded all expectations and were heavily discussed.
The following season Ryan once again led the Jets to the AFC Championship game. In the process, they upset the rival New England Patriots. The Jets once again were one of the most discussed team in the NFL.
Their recent playoff success and active offseason led many to believe the Jets were Super Bowl contenders in the 2011-12 season. So when the Jets failed to even make the playoffs, the feeling around them was that changes were coming.
The Jets disappointing season resulted in them cutting ties with their Offensive Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. However, Ryan was not one of the people on the hot seat.
If the Jets fail to make the playoffs next season, will Ryan still be safe?
We saw Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid experience some backlash and was on the hot seat when their team underperformed. It is possible that we can see the same thing happen to the Jets and Ryan.
It appears as if Ryan has changed his approach a little. The once praised attitude and style of Ryan has grown old and is turned into a joke because the Jets have not been able to back up his words.
After guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory in his first three seasons, Ryan has decided not to make that same guarantee again.
Ryan will most likely change his brashness, but it will be seen to what extent. The first step is recognizing the problem and it appears that Ryan has done that. The Jets owner Woody Johnson has supported and backed Ryan completely.
If the Jets have another season in which they underachieve, Johnson might lose faith in Ryan and stop supporting him.
Is this Ryan adapting to help the Jets or to save his own butt? Ryan may be realizing that he needs to change if he wants to be with the Jets long-term.
The most important thing he can do to stay in New York is win.