This Week's Rank: 22
Last Week's Rank: 21
The New York Jets are officially in a free fall. After starting the year with a 5-4 record and a shot at the playoffs, Rex Ryan's team has dropped three straight games. And in those losses, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has gone from being a strength to a liability. In Weeks 11 and 13, he was pulled for Matt Simms, so not only is the team losing, but now its future at quarterback is also in question.
Ryan is coaching for his job, which explains the knee-jerk reactions to Smith's struggles. Instead of committing to the rookie quarterback and letting him take his lumps, Ryan and the coaching staff panic and pull him trying to get a win. The long-term health of the franchise revolves around Smith—a player general manager John Idzik drafted and saw enough promise in to make a second-round pick.
If Ryan can't, or won't, develop Idzik's handpicked quarterback, that's not good for his career outlook.
With four games to go, Ryan needs to prove to Idzik that he's the man to get this team back on track. And after watching the offense struggle for another season, it could be time to get a fresh face in the coach's chair.