Any NFL coach who misses the playoffs for two straight seasons has to know that he’s on the hot seat. But after missing the playoffs last year, Jets coach Rex Ryan says he doesn’t see any way he’s getting fired.
Asked on the Michael Kay Show about the possibility that he could be gone if this season is as disappointing as last season, Ryan said he doesn’t think so.
“I know I’m a great coach, and what makes me a great coach is the guys that coach with me and the guys that play for me,” Ryan said. “It’s hard for me to look at myself as not being successful. I don’t see that as a possibility. One day, it might be 10 years from now or 15 years from now when Woody Johnson wants to go in a different direction, and that’s fine.”
Say this for Ryan: His confidence hasn’t flagged after an 8-8 season and an offseason in which the Jets have been the subject of constant criticism. And his job probably isn’t in jeopardy this year. But he’s going to have to have to prove he’s a great coach if he wants to stick around another 10 or 15 years.