Rex Ryan and the New York Jets did not play this past weekend. That has not kept him or his team out of the news, however, as Ryan rarely remains silent for more than a day or so at a time. he just can’t help himself. But after another disappointing start to the 2012 NFL season that has resulted in a 3-5 start, Ryan admits that his Jets are not really in playoff contention in what could very well be his final season coaching in New York unless things drastically turn around.
You all know the back story. Woody Johnson continues to surround himself with bad football people, most notably in general manager Mike Tannenbaum. He brings in the wrong players and re-signs current players to ridiculous contracts. Look no further than the two headed quarterback monster that Tannenbaum created in New York with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.
To put it kindly, it has not worked.
Ryan is not lost on the fact that if the team’s struggles continue, it will spell bad news for everyone in the Jets’ organization. That includes him.
But he is not quite ready to worry about any of that speculation. he is focused on the second half of the 2012 NFL season.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News on Monday. “I know we’re not where we want to be. We’re not even close. We’re not sniffing the playoffs. We’re not sniffing anything right now. But I want to get there. I’m excited about the prospects in front of us.”
The prospect in front of New York actually may not be quite as daunting as one might think. Sure, the offense is atrocious and the defense is once again overrated. But the one thing that Ryan and the Jets have going for them is their second half schedule. If you don’t believe me, take a look for yourself.
Week 10 @ Seattle Seahawks
Week 11 @ St. Louis Rams
Week 12 vs. New England Patriots
Week 13 vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 14 @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 15 @ Tennessee Titans
Week 16 vs. San Diego Chargers
Week 17 @ Buffalo Bills
I am not saying it is going to be easy, but I can certainly see why Ryan is excited about the second half of the season. The hardest part of the schedule is clearly in the rear view mirror for the Jets in 2012. They may need to finish the second half of the season with a 6-2 record to have any hope of reaching the playoffs this season, but it is certainly possible if they can turn things around.
If not, it may be Ryan who is sniffing for a new job.
Perhaps the current opening at the University of Kentucky could be more of Ryan’s speed.