The Jets aren’t expected to be playoff contenders in 2013 but Rex Ryan’s future with the franchise may not be tied to a postseason berth.
Owner Woody Johnson’s decision to fire general manager Mike Tannenbaum and keep the head coach after a 6-10 season raised questions about whether Ryan who is under contract through the 2014 season will be a lame duck this year. Unlike the Chicago Bears whose new general manager Phil Emery fired the coach he inherited Lovie Smith after the team missed the playoffs despite finishing 10-6 in 2013 Johnson would probably be ecstatic if Ryan led the talent-strapped Jets to an above .500 record after last year’s disaster.
“I’m not worried about being a lame-duck guy” Ryan recently told the Daily News as the Jets’ offseason program came to an end. “I’m not worried about that. I am not. I look at this as an opportunity. . . . Look I’m disappointed in the product that we put on the field (in 2012) both personally (and for) our fans. Because I’m a Jet fan. I’