Originally written on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 1/4/13

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)
Rex Ryan, should he remain on board with the Jets after a new GM is chosen, will have one year to turn things around. His soon to be new coaching staff will get the same timeframe. Those who join Ryan when a new GM comes aboard to first have a say in what coaches gets added, will be awarded one silver lining: The ability to showcase leadership and people management skills. A fact that won’t make Ryan, who is already walking on eggshells, feel any safer. What a position for Ryan to presently be in. He has no GM and when one does arrive, Ryan will not be the coveted name, but some Mike Tannenbaum-hired leftover. Ryan will have no offensive coordinator either because everyone including Tony Sparano knows he is a goner, and no quarterback to rely on. The roster currently has one home run receiver in Santonio Holmes who has yet to run full speed after foot surgery, and a big need for a top notch running back. That is just the state of the union for the offensive side of the ball. Rex has done much of this to himself. His loyalty to struggling players, overall belief in anyone wearing green and white, and desire to return to an archaic offensive concept with undermanned talent, are all part of why the Jets have gone backwards after what was a terrific start to his tenure in New York. Uncertainty will hover above Ryan as well as his new staff in this “playoffs or bust” 2013. The only way for him to stave off his own beheading will be by winning games. We don’t mean just six of them either. Ryan may want to start fast too. Should his dwindling control of the castle show early signs of internal fracture, he better beware of his own surroundings. There may be a coach alongside him shining brighter. An assistant who simply has a better way of handling players and overall team direction than Ryan does. For the biggest star and media personality the Jets have had in many years, uncertainty could turn into a reasonably warranted paranoia. Borne from within the walls of Florham Park if Rex Ryan is not careful.
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