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For nearly the entire game, it was difficult to tell which team had a playoff berth on the line. The much-looser Jets broke out all of the stops to get their eighth win of the season, using trick plays and wacky personnel packages to get the job done.
The Jets knew they had to play well to ensure that Rex Ryan would be retained as head coach for next season, but the fact they looked so much more prepared than a team that needed a win much more than they did speaks to how well they were coached headed into this game.
It was not just the trick plays and gadget personnel that made the difference. The Jets' top three draft picks all showed great development over the past month, which attributes to quality coaching.
As a result, it is no surprise the team has confirmed, per its official Twitter account, Rex Ryan will be retained for next season, as there are not many coaches in the league who could have won eight games with the talent on his roster.