Beloved Jets head coach Rex Ryan is eight days from the unemployment line… but he won’t stay there long.
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A head coach that gave New York Jets fans some of the best and worst memories in franchise history will coach his final home game as they take on the rival New England Patriots in Week 16 of the NFL season.
In 2009 newly-hired Jets head coach Rex Ryan told media that he wouldn’t kiss Bill Belichik’s rings, and in his first two years he made good on his promise, taking the team to two AFC Championship games and getting one of the biggest upsets in the last five years with a win over the Patriots in the 2010 Divisional Playoff game. But it was all for naught as the Jets never reached the Superbowl, but the Patriots did in 2011 – and so did the hometown rival New York Giants. A myriad of QB problems, poor salary cap management by the front office and many instances of poor coaching culminated in the debacle of a 2014 Jets season that has the team at 3-11 with Rex nearly guaranteed to be fired come Black Monday a week from tomorrow. His players still play their hardest, but even all of the best coaching in the world can’t make them more talented athletes – which is what the Patriots have.
For the sixth straight year the Patriots have clinched the AFC East title and need only one win today to clinch a first-round bye. If the Broncos lose to the Bengals, the Patriots will have homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Patriots will have a slight obstacle in this game with WR Julian Edelman and RB LeGarrette Blount out, but the Patriots always have an ace in the hole, so expect Danny Amendola, Jonas Gray, Tim Wright, Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen to more than compensate for the loss of manpower.
Prediction: New England Patriots – As much as the Jets might want to make this a fond farewell game for Rex Ryan, the Patriots never lose in the regular season when something as important as homefield advantage is at stake. Not to mention every year the Patriots play one bad game against the Jets and one dominating performance against the Jets. This year they won their “bad game” to the Jets, so all factors would indicate that this will likely be one of the most vicious beatdowns the Jets have received all year. A sad end for a celebrated tenure for Jets head coach Rex Ryan.