On a day where most people were looking towards Black Monday rather than the actual game the Jets and Rex Ryan might have made his case to stick around in New York. The Jets came out and played hard for their coach and left 2014 on a high note.
All three phases dominated the Dolphins on Sunday starting with Geno Smith and the offense. Smith finished the game with 358 yards passing, three touchdowns, and a quarterback rating of 158.3. Smith finished with a perfect passer rating and according to Andrew Siciliano from the NFL network he is the only quarterback to do that this season. Smith told reporters after the game, “I just want to keep winning and today I think my decisions were accurate.”
Another player on offense who had a tremendous game was Eric Decker. Decker finished with 10 catches 221 yards receiving and one touchdown. The second most yards in a single game for a Jets receiver since Don Maynard.
After the game reporters only wanted to ask Rex about his job security but he wanted no part of it, “I’m not going to get into my situation its not about me its never been about me but I love being the coach of the New York Jets. I’m proud to be the coach of the jets and last time I checked I am under contract ” Rex talked up his players on Sunday saying, “I think our guys did a great job, they responded and they did a nice job, it’s not about me it’s about the players”
Overall the Jets played their best game of the season on both sides of the ball. The Jets as a team finished with seven sacks and played a well fought game. David Harris, the Jets leading tackler, finished with nine tackles, two and a half sacks, and a forced fumble. After the game he told SNY, “It was huge to go out with a win.” When asked about Rex, Harris said, “He (Rex Ryan) is the heart and soul of the organization.”
It is easy to see that the players want Rex back but should he keep his job? It is hard to say if Woody Johnson will stick with the plan and clean house or if this one emotional win will create an emotional decision by Johnson to keep Rex. Most people around the NFL believe John Idzik will be the first to go and that Johnson is torn between keeping Rex or waiting until he finds a new General Manger first before making the decision.
One thing is for sure this season has been a bad one to say the least when you finish 4-12 that usually means a lot of changes are coming. You can expect to see those changes come starting tomorrow