Despite a fine win by the New York Jets in Week 6, brash honcho Rex Ryan will continue to feel the pressure as long as his team remains so wildly inconsistent.
Although he is a defensive-minded coach, Ryan has to take some blame for the stuttering development of quarterback Mark Sanchez. The player who was drafted fifth overall in 2009to be the franchise passer Gang Green has lacked since Joe Namath has been stuck in neutral the past two seasons.
Some of Ryan's choices for supporting players have hardly been the kind of model teammates who can help foster a young quarterback's development. It can't be easy for a young passer under pressure to have to rely on fractious players like Santonio Holmes.
Ryan has still yet to establish a coherent identity for his offense and for what he therefore expects from Sanchez. The picture is just as muddled on defense, where Ryan's overload blitzes seemed so innovative just two or three seasons ago.
However, the likes of the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers have now learned how to block Ryan's pressure schemes. Clearing this jumbled picture is the responsibility of a head coach and until Ryan does it, the Jets will always seem just short of being true contenders in the AFC.