When 2013 began, it was fait acompli that the Jets would play out the string, lose a lot of football games and Rex Ryan would get canned by new general manager John Idzik at some point after the season. Not so fast, my friend.
Thanks to Ryan and the Jets impressive start to the season -- 3-2 five weeks in -- the "arrow now points to Rex being back next season" ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.
Schefter also reports that, as one would expect "a lot can change" over the remainder of the season. If the Jets lost their final 11 games in a row, it stands to reason that 3-13 wouldn't save Rex's skin.
But the biggest boon for Ryan may be the relationship he's apparently developed with Idzik. Schefter reports that Rex and Idizk have "gotten along a lot better than many around the organization and the league thought they would" and that Ryan's status for 2013 "has been upgraded from doubtful."
Smith's had his ups and downs this year but beating the Falcons in Atlanta on Monday night was a major moment for the rook. He looks to be developing nicely and doing so under Ryan's watch (technically Marty Mornhinweg but whatever) is a big plus for the coach and GM relationship.
If Geno keeps developing and Rex keeps winning there's a good chance he'll force a lot of people to end up with a foot in their mouth.