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Now how can Rex Ryan be on the hot seat?
After all, the Jets were much maligned this past offseason, touted as one of the league's worst teams. Yet here they are, heading into Week 17 with a chance to get to .500 and end the season tied with the AFC's No. 6 seed, though tiebreakers would prevent them from moving on to the postseason.
If you ask Ryan, though, this is going to be his last hurrah in New Jersey (via Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News):
Fortunately, the Sominex script was juiced—radically. On Fox’s pregame it was flipped when Jay Glazer reported that Ryan, in a team meeting Saturday night, told the Jets: “Guys, word on the street (is) I’m getting fired. I’m not coming back. I’ve got two weeks left.” Even if Ryan’s “confession” was designed to inspire inconsistent players, it set the stage for the coach making what could be his last stand in Jersey.
Meaningless turned into meaningful. Without naming Glazer or crediting Fox, Albert acknowledged the report early in the telecast. CBS’ cameras stayed glued to Ryan. Rex staring at his list of defensive plays. Rex wigging on an official after Geno Smith was recipient of a late hit out of bounds. Rex running down the sideline after Smith clinched the 24-13 win with a touchdown run.
If the Jets really do fire Ryan—a coach who has weathered media storms that blew in the Darrell Revis saga, the Tim Tebow circus and Mark Sanchez, among other things—they will be worse for the wear. For all his bluster, Ryan has led his teams to overachieve, for much of his tenure.