Rex Ryan should embrace lame-duck status, gamble on himself
That's why Ryan shouldn't be afraid of lame-duck status. He should embrace it, and bet on himself to win, and win big. If his gamble pays off, he'll get paid big in 2015. From the Jets, or from someone else. The same way Flacco hit the jackpot in 2013, turning down the Baltimore Ravens' contract extension offer in 2012, before winning Super Bowl MVP honors as a free-agent-to-be.
Go for it, Rex. Pull a Flacco, fix the offense, and make somebody pay. Don't settle for the Jets' tepid terms. If you lose next season, you're gone anyway. But if you win, the decision to double down on yourself will be the best call you've ever made.