Even this year, as embarrassingly bad as the Jets have looked on offense, over four of the last five games his defense gave up only 11 points a game.
Of course, excluding the 49-19 debacle against the Patriots, all without arguably the game’s best defensive player in cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Of course, the offense, particularly Sanchez, was as bad as his defense was good, scoring more than 20 points just once in the last seven games.
So what happens now?
The Jets will no doubt fire GM Mike Tannebaum and they don’t have anything close to a franchise quarterback, which means this franchise is back where it started when Rex started making his promises. They are the good old Jets.
As for Rex, owner Woody Johnson has expressed his love for his coach several times over the last year. But it appears he may have finally, in this nasty climate the Jets are in, talked himself out of a job.
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