Updated Hot Seat Watch for Rex Ryan After Jets' Win over Rams

Lou RomContributor INovember 19, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets talks with referees during the game against the New England Patriots on October 21, 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Rex Ryan will live to coach another day.

That much we know.

Ryan and his quarterback both have something to be thankful for come Thanksgiving Day.

But will the Gang Green love-fest last more than four days?

That remains to be seen.

Ryan remains on the hot seat despite owner Woody Johnson's man-crush on him. 

Sunday's 27-13 win over the St. Louis Rams didn't save Ryan's job. He wasn't going to be fired if the Jets went 3-7. But it did buy Ryan and the Jets brass some time to right the ship.

Hell, Ryan may not be fired if the Jets at least split the rest of their games.

In the real world Ryan would be, should be, on the hot seat.

In Jets country, he gets more benefit of the doubt than O.J. Simpson before an L.A. jury.

Ryan should be on the hot seat, given his inability to get the most out of his talent, which belies the team's .400 record. 

But, then so should Tony Sparano and Mike Tannenbaum.

As much as it looks like Ryan has lost his team, the Jets have bigger problems.

It's clear that offensive coordinator Sparano's unimaginative play-calling has hurt the Jets as much as anything, as has his inability to coax anything positive out of Tim Tebow.

Sparano's predictability has been the Jets' biggest Achilles heel in 2012, as it was in Miami last year. This, when the Wildcat and the versatility of Tebow were expected to make the Jets unpredictable and fun to watch.

It's interesting, because while Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones gets belittled for his ego-driven meddling, it's clear to this writer that Jones must have had a hand in Sparano's approach in Dallas, because he's been a colossal failure since he left Dallas.

And, while starting quarterback Mark Sanchez has more than struggled, that's not all on Sanchez.

Tannenbaum has to bear the bulk of that blame. It was his job to go out and beef up the receiving corps—first in the offseason, then when Santonio Holmes went down.

Ryan will remain on the hot seat this season, if only in the minds of beat writers and New York fans. 

But, where it counts most, Ryan has the Jets' biggest fan, Tannenbaum, on his side. 

Short of the Jets losing double-digit games, Tannenbaum doesn't seem likely to part with his beloved coach.