As I predicted in my previous article about Rex Ryan's return, he is going right back on the hot seat for 2014.
While owner Woody Johnson and GM John Idzik said that Ryan would come back for the 2014 season, they are not ready to commit to the bombastic coach for the long term, nor should they commit to him.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Jets are looking to give Rex only a 1-year extension that will keep him a Jets through the 2015 season. Not exactly what Ryan was hoping for. He wanted a long term contract.
That means Ryan enters 2014 the same way he entered 2013 with questions about his job security, and as predicated, unless the Jets are rolling to the playoffs next season, Ryan's job status will be a hot topic a year from now.
Can't blame the Jets for feeling this way. While Ryan "earned" the right to come back for the final year of his contract, the 2013 season does not take away all of the negatives that come with Ryan either. He hasn't had a competent offense during his five year tenure in New York; not to mention coddling two bad quarterbacks in Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith.
Ryan has done a solid job with the defense, but it's the entire package where Ryan needs to show improvement.
The Jets unwillingness to give Ryan a long term deal speaks volumes that they are not totally confident in his abilities. If that is true, they should have let him go instead of dragging this along another year. But, it's the Jets, nothing ever comes easy.