Take 2011 for starters. We all remember the things that went on. You had consistent griping going on within the football team, for a good portion of the season. Santonio Holmes and Brandon Moore comes to mind for one. This team had issues with chemistry. They were far from being a united group, and the house of cards came unraveled on a January afternoon in Miami, Florida. The star wide receiver had to be benched, because he was a problem on the field during a game. The problem was when Rex admitted that he didn’t have a feel for what was going on inside the locker room. That is his job, ladies and gentlemen. Whether or not he is close to his players, which he says he is by the way, his task is to know what is going on in that locker room. He didn’t. Big problem. He vowed that it would get better in 2012, and I think we were all willing to give him another chance.
But a second failure might not give him an opportunity for a third chance.
2012 has been an interesting season to say the least. There have been some excellent performances, such as in Buffalo, in St. Louis, and against the Rams. But, there have been some pathetic performances, like in Seattle, against the Dolphins, and most recently against the Patriots. What’s even more telling, and troubling, is the fact that the team has been accused of quitting, by opposing players. Not once, twice! Rex Ryan talks up and down about how opponents are going to “get the Jets best shot”. When more than one team accuses us of quitting, there is fire to that smoke. Quitting is evidence that Rex is losing this team again.
That is why the last five games could determine Rex’s 2013 fate. We are 4-7, essentially playing out the string, barring a minor miracle. Do the Jets quit, or do they finish the season strong? The Jets could play well, and finish the season 7-9, maybe 8-8. If that happens, Rex Ryan could, and probably should, be back in 2013. Whether it’s with Mike Tannenbaum or not, he should get another shot with an improved roster. But, what if it goes the other way? Maybe the Jets go in the tank, and finish 5-11, maybe even 4-12. Then what? That certainly would tell us, clear as day, that Rex’s team is not playing hard for him anymore. If this team quits on Rex, and a record like that would be evidence of that, you could justify going another way with the head coach.
Rex may be right in his assertion that he will be back in 2013. The last five games will go a long way in determining whether he is or he isn’t.