Ryan, who was hired as the Jets head coach in 2009, carried out a plan of action to build team chemistry and instill confidence in his players. It paid off. Ryan led his team to back-to-back AFC Championship Games. But he's been searching for similar success over the past three seasons.
Although the Jets have won just six games entering Week 16, they have exceeded a lot of people's expectations.
Bright spots on the defense -- including Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate Sheldon Richardson -- offer signs of hope for the future, but it would be no surprise if Jets general manager John Idzik wants to hire his own guy.
Idzik was promoted last offseason from his previous title of vice president of football administration.