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09:22 AM ET 12.28 | The Jets held their final practice of the season Friday, and it could have been Rex Ryan's final time leading practice as their coach. Not that it was evident when he met the media, as Ryan seemed loose, flashing his typical sense of humor and again deflecting questions about his future. Instead, there was more talk from Ryan and his players about focusing on Miami and ending the season on a positive note. Even if the Jets win Sunday and finish 8-8, that momentum could be sapped if Ryan gets the ax on Black Monday following a third straight season out of the playoffs, giving first-year general manager John Idzik a chance to bring in his own head coach.

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December 28, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Rex did a good job this year, considering the minimal talent at the skill positions and he won't be fired soley based on this year...rather that he has missed the playoffs 3 years in a row.

Word is that the GM has ties to lovie smith and he'd be the one to come in, if/when rex is fired
IMO it would be a a minor upgrade- more like a lateral move- as Lovie never really had a good offense in his time with the bears, but he did take a team with rex grossman to a SB

December 28, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Pack up the circus.

December 28, 2013  09:42 AM ET

He'll find a D-Coordinator job in no time.

December 28, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Word is that the GM has ties to lovie smith and he'd be the one to come in, if/when rex is firedIMO it would be a a minor upgrade- more like a lateral move- as Lovie never really had a good offense in his time with the bears, but he did take a team with rex grossman to a SB

Could very well happen, but the trend I've seen is that when a team dumps a defensive-minded coach, they hire an offensive-minded coach (and vice versa), which to me, means Lovie is a prime candidate in Houston and Dallas rather than NY.

December 28, 2013  09:48 AM ET

Mediocre results & big mouth = exit ticket.

December 28, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Could very well happen, but the trend I've seen is that when a team dumps a defensive-minded coach, they hire an offensive-minded coach (and vice versa), which to me, means Lovie is a prime candidate in Houston and Dallas rather than NY.

yup-
but the jets have basically hired all defensive guys since parcells
(and they've hired 3 1st time HC's in a row)

I personally want an offensive HC.
And one that can really evaluate offensive talent in the draft-
cause they've really been mediocre at picking up skill guys
over the years-

December 28, 2013  09:54 AM ET

Why would anyone hire Lovie, his record in Chicago ?

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December 28, 2013  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Why would anyone hire Lovie, his record in Chicago ?

He took Rex Grossman to a Super Bowl. 'Nuff said.

December 28, 2013  10:11 AM ET

Before when the NYJ's contemplated firing Ryan they would give him a LAST MEAL before BLACK MONDAY. Back then a last meal for Ryan was a never ending occasion so they could never fire him. Now that he can't consume as much this last meal as a Jet will be a Happy Meal at McDonalds. Bye Rex.

December 28, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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He took Rex Grossman to a Super Bowl. 'Nuff said.

He hired Mike Tice and Mike Martz to run the offense in Chicago. I think GMs will have more questions about that.

December 28, 2013  10:17 AM ET
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You apparently haven't seen his record.

I did. Chicago did the right thing when they let him go.

December 28, 2013  10:35 AM ET
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He hired Mike Tice and Mike Martz to run the offense in Chicago. I think GMs will have more questions about that.

I had no problem with the Martz hiring. He was OC for the Rams SB win.

But the Tice hiring was, uh, a reach, to put it mildly.

December 28, 2013  10:47 AM ET
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He took Rex Grossman to a Super Bowl. 'Nuff said.

For all the good it dd they might have ust bought tickets.

December 28, 2013  10:48 AM ET

Here's your hat and coat Rex, what's your hurry? Come back when you can't stay so long...

December 28, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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I personally want an offensive HC

Shanny is pretty offensive...to a lot of folks...and he will probably be available. And, there are healthy knee ligaments all around on the Jets roster for him to destroy. :-D

December 28, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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I had no problem with the Martz hiring. He was OC for the Rams SB win.But the Tice hiring was, uh, a reach, to put it mildly.

Martz could be a good fit for an offense if they had the personnel to run what he liked to run. Chicago had no O-line to speak of, and Cutler was getting clobbered because the line could not stop defenders before the WRs could get open.

During Martz's first season with the Bears, it took seven games (and a Cutler concussion) before Martz figured out he needed to keep an additional body (or two) back for protection; after that the Bears played pretty well. The following season, after the Bears made zero changes to the O-line in the off-season, the Bears faced the same problems. Once again, it took six or seven games of Cutler getting rocked before Martz made the same adjustments.

I'll say he was creative, and he was lucky to have the personnel to make The Greatest Show on Turf happen in St. Louis, but he was too stubborn for his own good.

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December 28, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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I did. Chicago did the right thing when they let him go.

I agree, there are 3 levels of coaches: Level #3 - Those coaches that were not prepared to be a Head Coach but will probably be a Head Coach again someday. Mike Nolan is a good example. Nolan took the job on a very bad 49er team and with their #1 overall pick they took Alex Smith, that destroyed Nolan. Otherwise Nolan did a great job at drafting and building a great defense. I think defensive coordinators are more susceptible to falling into this category. If you hire a defensive minded Head Coach, make sure you have an established QB. #2 These coaches are mediocre or probably poor coaches in that they can only take a team no matter how much talent the team has to a certain level, having a .500 or winning record but never making the playoffs and when they do make the playoffs they don't go very far. These coaches jobs are never threatened because the fans are always anticipating that next year will be their year , a good example of this kind of coach is Marvin Lewis of Cincinnati, if he does not make it to the AFC Conference Championship this year they need to think about getting a coach that will take them to the next level. #1 These are the coaches that dominate their division regardless. Bill Belichick is a good example. He has dominated the AFC East and has his team always contending to make the Super Bowl. 3 other coaches that have proven that they can win at any level are Jim Harbaugh, Chip Kelly and Pete Carroll they all had great college careers and if Kelly were to win the NFC East they would all hold the distinction of college coaches in their rookie season in the NFL winning their division. Plus they all came from the PAC - 12 . If the SEC is so good why can't their coaches take the next step to the NFL?

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