And whether Rex Ryan is a part of that future.
2012: 3-5 record halfway through the season.
2011: 8-8 record. DNQ for playoffs.
The trend is moving the wrong way.
It's not just that the Jets lost today. It's how they lost: losing at home in front of their fans in an embarrassing manner to rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill and his back-up, Matt Moore. Don't let the final score fool you either, the game was effectively over at halftime.
The Jets are moving in the wrong direction, and Rex Ryan is not helping matters. Mark Sanchez is moving backward in his progression as a quarterback and bringing in star personality Tim Tebow to backup Sanchez has seemed to backfire on both players. Normally the backup quarterback is the most popular person to the fans, and in this case it is probably the truth.
The much-maligned New England Patriots actually have a better ranked defense than the Jets.
Think about that for a moment. The Patriots are giving up less points per game than New York.
Rex Ryan came into New York four seasons ago willing to take on all challengers. Admittedly, he had a ton of initial success as the Jets coach, taking the Jets to the AFC Championship game two seasons in a row.
But this season looks to be another wasted season, and the Jets just might be starting to tune out Ryan's bluster, especially if the results are not there.
Have there been obstacles in Ryan's way? Sure, season ending injuries to star WR Santonio Holmes and All Pro CB Darrelle Revis have not helped the Jets stay in contention.
The Jets have an interim option for the remainder of this season with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. New York can seek out more high profile candidates this offseason in accomplished coaches Bill Cowher or Mike Holmgren.
Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan head the list of coaches who may be fired after this season that might interest the Jets.
If New York gets serious about turning things around, they should be looking at all of their options, including who is coaching the team.