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I'll take you back to December 11, 2011. On this day, Rex Ryan and the Jets destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs 37-10 for the team's third consecutive win. The victory moved the team to 8-5 and into the final wildcard spot. A third straight AFC Championship appearance for Ryan and Gang Green did not seem out of the picture.
Since that day, Ryan's career in Gotham has fallen apart. The Jets collapsed and lost the final three games in 2011 and missed the postseason. The same thing happened again last year.
During that time, Ryan lost control of the locker room, benched his franchise quarterback and lost the best defensive player in the NFL.
After starting his head coaching career 30-19 (including four playoff victories), Ryan has led the Jets to a record of 6-13. To say his seat is hot would be a massive understatement. Ryan's only chance to keep his job is to will the Jets to a miracle playoff spot.
However, with a young and largely talent-starved roster to work with, Ryan seems doomed before the season has even started. If Ryan can keep New York in the playoff hunt, he not only deserves to keep his job, but a couple votes for head coach of the year.
Ryan will take charge of the defense for the first time in years in 2013. If he can pull some magic out of the unit, he may have a shot of holding onto his job.