Years ago he came into the Jets organization with a Super Bowl guarantee. Â Now Rex Ryan is finding himself fighting for his life as New York winds down their season.
The Jets, who are currently 6-8 on the year, are seemingly out of the playoff hunt at this point and have won just 12 of their last 33 games. Â Last season New York finished 6-10, and first-year general manger John Idzik reportedly had no say in Ryan’s status before this year.
However, it’s going to be interesting to see how it all unfolds should Idzik elect to remove the boisterous and outspoken coach from his position. Â But either way, Ryan still believes he’s the guy who can turn this team around.
“Look, I’m a competent coach even though I know that will be questioned a zillion times forward and backward,” he said via Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. “That’s fine, but I know I’m a good football coach. I believe in this team, I believe in this organization.”
“I’m determined to bring a winner to this team, there’s no question about it,” Ryan added. “I believe I’m the right guy for it. But I’m not the guy making that decision. If I was, it would be easy.”
At this point, it would take a miracle for the Jets to reach the postseason. Â However, Ryan remains determined and claims he’s going for it.
“I don’t know what the percentage is, maybe a one percent chance of getting in,” said Ryan. Â ”But, by gosh, we’re going for it.”
It would certainly help if his players rallied around him and finished their final two games in convincing fashion. Â If they don’t, Ryan could find himself looking for work after the season.
For now things aren’t looking good for the beleagueredÂ coach. Â With a tough Browns club up next, the Jets have a big challenge ahead of them as Ryan continues to try and make sure he’s back in 2014.
Ryan, who told ESPN New York he hasn’t heard anything from ownership on his future, remains adamant there’s no coaching change needed and that he can turn things around.
“Of course, I believe it,” he said. “No question, I believe it. There’s no doubt about it.”
It looks like time will tell if Jets ownership and Idzik feel the same way.