Has Rex Ryan earned an extension?

The New York Jets might be one of the biggest surprises this year in the NFL. Many predicted the Jets would be lucky to win five games this season, but at the bye week the Jets sit at 5-4 and in second place in the AFC East.

Rex Ryan has the Jets at 5-4 and in position to make the playoffs

Rex Ryan has the Jets at 5-4 and in position to make the playoffs

With the signing of new General Manager John Idzik this offseason, it was sought out that this would be Rex Ryan’s last season as the head coach of the New York Jets. With a rookie quarterback, a young defense and a lack of star talent on offense, it seemed that Ryan was set up to fail this season.

However, Ryan has done a phenomenal job with this football team so far. They have impressive wins against the New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. Ryan has won five games with inconsistent play and growing pains from his rookie quarterback Geno Smith as well as a depleted wide receiving corps which seems to lose another receiver to injury each week.

The reason why the Jets are (5-4) is because of the play of their defense. Since Ryan took over the defensive play calling this year, the defense is ranked third in the league against the run. The Jets have struggled defending the pass, but most of that is due to the inexperience they have in the secondary. The progress of Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, Sheldon Richardson and David Harris have made the Jets’ front seven one of the scariest in the league.

With only one out of their next seven opponents having a winning record, the Jets have a chance of playing on Wild Card weekend when nobody thought they would even be able to get out of the AFC East cellar.

Rex Ryan has this team believing and competing every week. If Ryan can prevent a collapse (3-5 after the bye in 2012, 4-5 after the bye in 2011) he deserves a chance to come back as the head coach for the Jets next year.

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Other Notes:

The Jets will hope to get healthy after the Bye Week. Kellen Winslow is back from suspension and the Jets hope that Santonio Holmes and Jeff Cumberland will be back for week 11.

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