Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/22/13

FLORHAM PARK, NJ - MAY 02: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets speaks to the media during minicamp on May 2, 2009 at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
If you are a Jets fan, don't go anywhere near the water cooler for at least another week. If you do, you're going to hear a lot of chatter about Darelle Revis.Now former Jet Revis is one of the best in the business at what he does. His migration south will gladden the hearts of all but the most sceptical Tampa Bay fans.For the Jets, however, this is all a dangerous distraction; after all, they still have Antonio Cromartie at the cornerback spot. Clearly, they could do a lot worse.What of their outspoken coach, however? Rex Ryan has been known for making predictions and issuing challenges; many of which ultimately fell flat, when his team failed to deliver.Under his leadership, however, the Jets made it to two consecutive conference championship games, in 2009 and 2010. The next two seasons did not turn out so well and the approaching season seems not to herald a much brighter future.Looking at the first 10 weeks of their 2013 schedule, it isn't easy to imagine the Jets having a better than 3-6 record, going into two mid-November road games in Buffalo and Baltimore.Whilst it is not easy to find fault with Ryan's defensive strategy - he is, after all, one of the most experienced defensive coordinators in the league - it simply isn't true that good defenses win games.If a team has no effective offensive game-plan, then the best defense in the world is only going to mean that your opponent doesn't put up too many points, on the way to defeating you. When predictions are made, concerning any head coach's future, they are almost always conditional upon the team in question securing a playoff berth.There is no question that Ryan is a valuable asset to the Jets' organization; his mere presence at the helm attracts top players. He doesn't need a playoff spot to extend his future with the Jets, but he will need a 10-win season - which, in itself, would probably take the Jets to the playoffs, but that's beside the point.Even sliding into the postseason as a 9-7 wild card will not secure Ryan's tenure in New York, unless he ends up holding the Vince Lombardi trophy. How many people are putting money on that?Speaking of wagers; one wonders how good the odds are of Rex Ryan outlasting quarterback Mark Sanchez. Thought by many, at one point, to be the next up-and-coming elite signal caller, Sanchez has, for the most part, been a disappointment, with an unimpressive completion percentage and a cringe-worthy touchdown to interception ratio.Often, it becomes quickly apparent that an otherwise talented and valuable player is simply not a good fit, with a certain team. Is the player bad for the team, or the team bad for the player?How many quarterbacks have slipped out of a mediocre career and into the limelight with a new organization? Sanchez has such a future, quite possibly. He badly needs to be with a team that knows the best form of defense is a good offense.Playoff place or not, Ryan and Sanchez may well both be leaving New York in 2014. In opposite directions, almost certainly.
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