Rex Ryan hasn't led the Jets
to the postseason since 2010. (Heinz Kluetmeier/SI)
One would assume that if the New York Jets don't make the playoffs in 2014, Rex Ryan's job will be on the line. But according to Metro New York, that's not the case.
Ryan and the Jets haven't made the postseason since 2010, and there was chatter after the 2013 season that Ryan could be on his way out. But just as quickly as that talk emerged, it was quieted by owner Woody Johnson who extended the contract of Ryan through at least 2016.
Now Rex appears poised to have a bit of job security as a playoff berth will not apparently determine his fate for the 2015 season.
“Rex isn’t on any hot seat and there is no playoff mandate even though he thinks and management thinks we can make the playoffs. That’s the goal every year,” the source told Metro. “But it isn’t postseason or bust for him. There are a lot of factors that go into it.”
The Jets' front office and ownership are no doubt attempting to instill a bit of confidence in both Ryan and the team, hoping that the lack of a hot seat will take the pressure off all involved.
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Of course, we've seen how quickly these things can change. But for now, it appears Ryan's job with the Jets is safe moving forward -- playoffs or not.