The Jets have lost four of their last five games and eight of their last 11. The team is currently in last place in the AFC East with a record of 3-5, while the Dolphins—a team most fans and analysts didn't give a chance to compete this year, let alone in 2013—are sitting pretty at 4-3, tied with the New England Patriots in first place in the loss column.
Ryan should have started out the 2012 NFL season on the hot seat, but his early success with the Jets in 2009 and 2010 gave him leeway with both the fans and, apparently, with owner Woody Johnson.
That's no longer the case, though, especially considering his stubborn loyalty to Mark Sanchez—despite a mountain of evidence that Sanchez has fallen off a cliff and is no longer a viable starter.
Sanchez has the lowest completion percentage of any starting quarterback in the NFL. All five starting rookie quarterbacks are playing better than he, yet Ryan refuses to acknowledge that "his guy" isn't getting the job done.
Furthermore, the Jets defense—Ryan's baby—is an agonizingly average unit that can't stop teams from running rampant on any given Sunday (No. 29 in the NFL, giving up 143 yards per game and nine touchdowns through eight games).
Then there's the general discontent we've been seeing from this team since last season. The players don't have much fire in their eyes on game days, though they aren't afraid to talk a lot of trash leading up to the games.
The Jets are all bark and no bite, just like Ryan.
The boasting leader has led his team into the land of oblivion. This team is just going through the motions, and if Ryan doesn't find a way to repair this sinking ship, there will be no coming back.
He is clearly on the hot seat, and one more embarrassing loss like the one the Jets suffered in Week 8 could hasten his departure.