'National Slant': Ryan's last game in Foxboro?

'National Slant': Ryan's last game in Foxboro?
September 11, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Entering the season, Rex Ryan was at the top of the list of NFL head coaches on the hot seat.

In fact, following a 6-10 season in 2012 and a new GM in place, Rex's return to the team this season is mildly shocking itself.

Barring something truly miraculous, this is really a lame duck year for the fifth-year Jets coach, a depressing ending for a guy who brought so much bravado coming in. 

But is all hope lost for Ryan to entertain the idea of remaining the team's coach beyond the 2013 season?

Bob Glauber of Newsday doesn't think so.

"If he gets 7-8 wins, I think he'll be back," Glauber said. "And if he gets 7-8 wins with a rookie quarterback with this schedule over the first nine games including the Patriots, I think there's a decent chance that he comes back."

Forget miraculous, that's actually semi, semi-plausible. He did manufacture a six-win effort with this guy under center for the majority of the action. 

If Geno Smith can stay healthy, that can only serve as an improvement at that position. The defense is still solid and the offensive line remains intact. Maybe getting 7-8 wins will be easy and Rex will get an extension!

Not so fast.

The Jets still have plenty of holes (gaping even) on their roster and remain a team that appears nowhere near ready to contend for a playoff spot. 

Even the man who pointed out a 7-8 win season in the first place believes that scenario is mostly unrealistic.

Of course, it's not set in stone, but Glauber has a hard time envisioning the Jets being near a .500 team.

"Will that happen? I doubt it, I don't think they have a good enough team to compete especially in that big part of the season which really is now," Glauber said. "But, hey that's why you play the games. Anything is possible."