Occasionally, Jets fan David Aitken will contribute to the site or write an article for TheJetsBlog.  In his latest piece below, Aitken explores the conflicted notions of what the Jets ought to do with head coach Rex Ryan.

If the game in San Diego was the nail in the coffin for any thought this Jets team could turn their season around, this Sunday’s debacle versus Buffalo felt like the final straw for Rex Ryan’s chances of walking into next September still coaching the New York Jets. Fooling fans into thinking the Jets could beat a decent Buffalo team after dominating New England on the road in a close loss, the Jets, instead, reverted to the all-too-familiar pastime of playing down to an opponent after (nearly) rising to a big occasion. Ryan, who has seen his job come under close scrutiny on more than one occasion over the past six seasons, seems to have finally found a hole out of which he can’t dig himself.

For Jets fans, this is a naturally controversial topic. Rex has been the coach for three (and soon to be four) consecutive seasons without postseason play and he wasn’t the first choice of current general manager John Idzik. He’s also the man that nearly brought the Jets to the Super Bowl in his first two seasons and did so without consistent quarterback play, marveling Jets fans and confusing the opposition with exotic defensive schemes that elevated the Jets to the next level and made Darrelle Revis nearly invincible. Perhaps most of all, his unique personality and approach to coaching made being a Jets fan something to take pride in. The excitement in being involved with the team and the confidence he exuberated publicly was palpable, and the results on the field at first matched it. I think I can speak for all Jets fans when I say those moments were some of the most exciting times we have ever experienced.

It seems unfair to fire Rex at this point, given that he was kept on board with John Idzik’s hiring in 2013. Since Idzik’s hiring came with Ryan’s say in personnel decisions marginalized and with a “patient” approach to rebuilding a franchise, it seems illogical to judge Ryan without holding Idzik equally if not more accountable. As much time Idzik is allotted for his project, surely Ryan should receive the same. However, there comes a time when you have to look at where Rex is at -- six years into his head coaching tenure -- and wonder if he is ever going to change: the lack of discipline, the inconsistent motivation and preparation, the lack of player accountability, the over-focus on defense and the same sputtering offense. It may not be fair, but we’re at a situation where Woody Johnson can say to Rex Ryan “we just want to go in a different direction” and actually mean it.

Consistent Motivation

Rex is responsible for some of my best memories as a Jets fan. He is also responsible for some of my worst. The Jets under Rex have typically found a way to rise to big occasions and play their best with an “us against the world” mentality -- it was practically the backbone of both playoff runs. No one believed in the lucky 9-7 Jets with a rookie quarterback, or the overrated Jets that were found out on Monday Night Football against a much better Patriots team. That emotional rollercoaster culminated in steamrolling New England in the playoffs, but crashed and burned after that. After that victory, the Jets went from playoff underdogs to the Team of Destiny that couldn’t possibly be stopped. We, as fans, all believed it, and foolishly so did Rex and the team. They lost their edge, they came into that game unmotivated and ill prepared, and received a wake-up call none of us will ever forget.

Back pages have been rough on the Jets in days.

While that loss still stings, there was hope that Rex Ryan would learn from that loss and begin to keep the team on a more even-keel. Yet, this same path continued. There could not have been a more up-and-down season than last year, and nothing highlighted it more than midseason. The Jets had just come off a big overtime victory over New England, and at 4-3 it wasn’t crazy to mention the playoffs with a big game that could have Wild Card implications against Cincinnati. What happened in that game does not need mentioning, yet it was followed by a signature victory over Drew Brees and the Saints to bring the Jets to 5-4 into the bye week. With a decent schedule and confidence high, playoffs felt like a possibility. But the team would drop four of their next five, including an embarrassment in Buffalo immediately following the bye week.

Once again, the past few weeks showed a similar script. The Jets came to play the previous two weeks with a gutsy -- albeit not good enough -- performances against Peyton Manning's Broncos and followed it up with what had to be the Jets’ best performance of the season in a losing effort, to the Brady and Belichick led Patriots, but when the under-the-radar Bills came to town in a game the Jets were “supposed to win,” the team put forth their worst performance of the season. Rex lives for the big challenges and often shows why, but he has also made Kyle Orton and Chad Henne look like the Hall of Famers in the team’s lack of preparation.

Transcending the Defensive Coordinator Mentality

Rex won the respect of Jets fans, not only with his unique personality and promises of success, but also with his unrivaled acumen as a defensive mind. Rex took the foundations in place in 2009 and instantly shot the Jets to among the elite defenses in the NFL, essentially reinventing the shutdown corner with Darrelle Revis. The reasons for Rex staying so heavily involved with the defense as a head coach were obvious, but also a little strange, given that most head coaches entrust their coordinators with such tasks.

While basically every head coach has a side of the ball they are more familiar with, most do not get as involved with that group when they become a head coach. Of course, some other head coaches reprise their roles as play callers and focus more on the side of the ball they are more comfortable, but the head coach’s role first and foremost is to be the head of the entire team, to establish and maintain team rules and culture, to make sure the team is motivated and prepared, and to be prepared himself to manage in-game every Sunday. Being a head coach is as much an administrative position as much as it is a hands-on job. Most of all, being a head coach is setting a vision for the franchise, and doing what it takes to fulfill it.

Building a Team

It is a common defense of Rex Ryan’s current situation that he is not the one making the personnel calls -- he simply coaches the team. While that is true, it was not always the case. Rex Ryan earned it.

From 2006 to 2008, the combination of Mike Tannenbaum and Eric Mangini did a great job of setting the overall foundation for the team, particularly up fron,t on both sides of the ball. Rex Ryan didn’t really build the foundations of the team he took close to the Super Bowl twice, but he did take it to the next level. A good running attack became a great one; a solid defense became elite.

Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum (right) with owner Woody Johnson

Tannenbaum, for all his creativity with the cap and navigating trades, was never a true personnel guy. He was more the executive hand of the head coach, identifying the players the coach wanted and going to get them. The moves during Mangini’s tenure had his name all over them. Mangini put a priority of smart, hardworking, relatively clean off-the-field players like Thomas Jones, former Patriots, and Parcells/Belichick type talents like the all-around linebacker skills of Calvin Pace and two-gapping grunt work of Kenyon Coleman.

When Ryan became the head coach, the aggressiveness was evident immediately in free agency: a trade for Lito Sheppard, a big money deal for the brash, energetic Bart Scott, the targeting of other Ravens like Jim Leonhard and Marques Douglas. It was nothing compared to the draft though, where the story of the draft was the Jets’ move up to get their quarterback Mark Sanchez and another trade up in round three for Shonn Greene. What also became evident was Ryan putting little weight on character, as the Jets would go after a number of other team’s want-away players. The Jets would trade for Braylon Edwards amid off-the-field issues in Cleveland, and the next offseason would follow with trades for Antonio Cromartie and Santonio Holmes. Balancing the trades with smart stopgaps though like Ladainian Tomlinson and Jason Taylor, the Jets for 2010 would boast one of the most talented rosters in the league.

It began to fall apart immediately after, though. Career Jet Jerricho Cotchery was awarded his release upon request, and the team decided to commit big money to the mercurial Santonio Holmes while letting Braylon Edwards walk, which proved to be a massive failure both on and off the field. Damien Woody retired following 2010, and Brandon Moore would follow suit after the 2012 season. The running game and supporting cast for Mark Sanchez began to disintegrate just as he was being asked to take on a bigger role as a third-year starter.

Mike Tannenbaum took the fall after the 2012 season, but fundamentally all he was doing was fulfilling Rex Ryan’s vision. They were aggressive in pursuing certain prospects and trade opportunities, but the big moves were made in spite of methodical team building and it showed. The depth in draft picks weren’t there to replace the aging right side of the offensive line, the trades for Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes proved to be short term fixes (with Holmes in particular being the classic case of a player playing for a contract), and the first-round picks following 2009 would all center around defense.

Perhaps it could be said that Tannenbaum lacked the spine (or the personnel savvy himself) to call Rex Ryan out on questionable moves and the short-term outlook, but it nonetheless is reflective of Rex Ryan and his inability to be entrusted with building a franchise. Rex believed that 2010 would last forever when the team was relying heavily on short-term veterans and players on expiring contracts, and there was little foresight to plan ahead.

 While few coaches run everything top-to-bottom in the way Belichick does in New England or the way Mike Shanahan did in Denver, the majority expect to have some level of say in personnel decision making. Rex Ryan showed with Mike Tannenbaum that while he could coach a winning team with the right players, that he couldn’t properly build and maintain a franchise with personnel input.

Developing a Quarterback

The number one defense of Rex Ryan is that his entire career as the coach of the New York Jets has been mired by poor quarterback play. While this is indeed true, it is not holding him accountable for his role as the team’s head coach if the poor quarterback play is not considered at least partially his fault. As the head coach of a professional football team, it is not only Rex Ryan’s responsibility to develop a quarterback, it is arguably the single most important responsibility.

Mark Sanchez had some good days with the Jets, but plenty of these ones as well.

Rex Ryan did not inherit a good quarterback (not counting Favre). Ryan knew, like most rookie head coaches, that he would have to go out and draft his own guy. That is exactly what Rex did, identifying Mark Sanchez as his man – liking him enough to move from 17 to 5 in the draft to make him a Jet.

Sanchez’s career with the Jets was filled with ups and downs. He had clutch moments and plenty of bonehead moments. From a teambuilding perspective, he started with a strong situation and saw it get even stronger in 2010. Following that year though, the Jets lost two of his favorite targets and committed big money to Santonio Holmes who would finally show his true colors. With a straight-out-of-prison stopgap in Plaxico Burress for 2011 and a 2012 second-round pick Stephen Hill, Sanchez saw a different pair of starting receivers every single season, and an offensive line and running game that deteriorated as his career went on. Lacking depth in draft picks, wiggle room in finances and going with a consistent lean on defense in the first round of the draft, the offense following the 2012 season looked unrecognizable compared to what Sanchez had started with. The consistent support and resources to develop a quarterback simply weren’t there, with the defense getting the prime college talent every year and a lack of focus on keeping the right players around Sanchez.

Of course, Sanchez may just have never had it in the first place, but in gambling on those types of players many coaches can lose their job. It must not be forgotten that Sanchez was not only a Rex Ryan pick, but also a player Rex loved enough to make a major leap in the draft for. Rex Ryan cannot escape blame for the failure of Mark Sanchez as a New York Jet. Sanchez was identified as his guy via the draft, he was the head coach and overseeing his development.

In terms of Geno Smith, it is hard to say whether Rex Ryan had any say at all in bringing him in, so it is hard to blame Ryan for Smith’s development. However, the 2013 Giants preseason debacle that Rex Ryan was responsible for may have cost the Jets the opportunity to sit Geno Smith behind Sanchez for a season, a move that could have made a difference in Smith’s development. It is good for quarterbacks to learn through experience, but only if the situation can allow for it. Games like Cincinnati and Baltimore last season do little for a rookie quarterback’s progression, but can derail confidence and encourage bad habits. Although to be fair, the quarterback decision last year (and this year’s) may have been a call out of Rex Ryan’s control.

Can Rex Ryan Make It?

Ryan has always had a strong relationship with fans, but that bond seems to be loosening quickly

It seems a simple question. Can Rex Ryan be a successful head coach? Some would argue that he already proven he can be, but it’s not as easy as that. Every coach and the organization he works for are different. Some coaches run everything from top-to-bottom, some like Rex are essentially a coordinator in addition to a head coach, and others like to delegate responsibilities and are more administrators. I believe there are plenty of coaches out there that can be successful because there are plenty of formulas for success, and the right organization can mask deficiencies.

Rex Ryan has shown that he cannot be heavily involved in personnel decisions. He has also shown that he is going to be heavily involved with the defensive side of the ball, for all the good and bad that comes of it. So, can Rex Ryan be successful? The flaws he possesses seem to be something so fundamentally rooted in his personality that I don’t know if they can ever be improved upon. Rex Ryan is who he is at this point. If he lands on a team with a personnel guru at GM and finds big-time offensive coordinator to run his offense, then success certainly can come.

But if you need a top general manager and offensive coordinator to mask your flaws, are you really a good head coach?

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Le'Veon Bell missed his second straight day of practice on Friday due to illness, and head coach Adam Gase said he was unsure if Bell would be able to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.

Gase would not specifcy the kind of illness Bell is dealing with, and would only say that everyone recovers at a different pace. So his status for Sunday is very much up in the air.

"I feel like each guy it's been something different," Gase said about Bell on Thursday. "It hasn't been the same thing, it hasn't been like the flu or anything."

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Jets head coach Adam Gase said running back Le'Veon Bell will not practice on Thursday due to an illness, but it doesn't seem to be something going around the team.

"Yeah they haven't said that to me yet," Gase said. "I feel like each guy it's been something different. It hasn't been the same thing, it hasn't been like the flu or anything."

In addition to Bell missing practice, safety Jamal Adams remains out as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle.

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When the Jets released Wednesday's injury report for Week 14, they had their top defensive player atop the list.

Safety Jamal Adams did not practice after he sprained his left ankle in Sunday's 22-6 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

With Adams as the latest casualty, the injury bug has bitten the Jets throughout the 2019 season, particularly on defense.

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Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase walks onto the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

At 4-8, the Jets are all but certain to miss out on the playoffs.

It's been a strange season for Gang Green, starting with a Week 1 loss to Buffalo that easily could have been a win, followed by Sam Darnold missing three games with mono. And just as it looked like the season was on the verge of a complete collapse at 1-7, the Jets won three straight to get to 4-7.

Then, unexpectedly, the Jets were defeated by the previously winless Bengals.

Now, the Jets will look to finish out the final quarter of their regular season schedule, and, at the very least, build momentum heading into 2020.

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Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 13, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jets S Jamal Adams hasn't yet been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, but it seems to be trending that way.

Head coach Adam Gase said on Wednesday that he hasn't been told Adams has a high ankle sprain, but Adams remains in a walking boot.

"He's gotta really feel good for me to put him back out there," Gase said when asked about a potential timetable.  

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

After all the speculation, we finally have an answer: The Jets will place C.J. Mosley on season ending IR, Adam Gase announced Tuesday afternoon on The Michael Kay Show.

Mosley, who had played in just two games this season after suffering a groin injury back in Week 1, kept himself off IR and away from season ending surgery when the Jets started to win games again.

As the Jets won three straight and were still technically in contention to make the playoffs, Mosley was kept off IR in hope that the Jets continue winning and can throw in their best defensive weapon for a last push for the postseason.

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New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)
New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers) (Gary Landers/AP)

The Jets' chances at the playoffs were slim, but now they're dead following their 22-6 loss to the winless Bengals on Sunday. 

After winning three-straight games heading into Week 13, the loss came as a bit of a shock. With the tides turning, could the Jets have overlooked the Bengals, leading to their demise? 

Quarterback Sam Darnold says no. 

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Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Dec 1, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) runs during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

The Bengals took their first win of the season against the Jets in a 22-6 game in Week 14, an outing which didn't feature much Le'Veon Bell.

Bell had only ten times for 32 yards as a runner in the loss, which also saw four catches for the running back.

The plays being called for the Jets come via head coach Adam Gase. On Monday, Gase explained why he only mustered up 10 carries for Bell in the game. It was a matter of circumstances, the coach said.

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Jets S Jamal Adams had tears in his eyes when he was talking after Sunday's loss to the Bengals, and it was mainly due to the boot on his foot. 

Well, head coach Adam Gase revealed Monday the reason for that boot was an ankle sprain for the Pro Bowl safety. 

Gase added that Adams will undergo an MRI and "that kind of stuff" to further assess the injury. He will be considered "legit week-to-week," and Gase doesn't believe that he'll be practicing this week. 

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After the Jets disappointing 22-6 loss to the Bengals, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott gave out their grades for the offense, defense, and special teams.

"They only had six less yards than the Bengals," Scott said. "But it wasn't horrible, they moved the ball early in the first half. They just couldn't finish drives."

The Jets finished the game with 271 total yards of offense, and were just 7-for-17 on third down conversions. 

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If the loss to the Bengals wasn't crushing enough, Jets S Jamal Adams was seen with a walking boot in the locker room after the game. 

And whether it was the boot itself or the loss as a whole, Adams was very emotional while talking to reporters. 

Adams was talking with tears in his eyes, and almost broke down a couple of times before calming down a bit. With his voice very low, here's what he said about his current situation:

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As Adam Gase emphasized during the week, the Jets were entering this week's game as a 4-7 team and they sure played like one against the Bengals on Sunday. Now they're a 4-8 team, having lost to a winless team for the second time since the bye week.

To their credit, the Bengals played with good energy and discipline on defense, and rode a solid Andy Dalton performance in his return to the lineup to break a 13-game losing streak that stretched back to last December.

Offensively, the Jets had some near misses, but struggled to sustain drives, mainly due to dropped passes and ill-timed penalties. The Bengals exploited some coverage breakdowns to score two first half touchdowns and built a 17-3 lead before the Jets drove for a late field goal.  

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On his "Inside the Pylon" segment during SNY's Jets pregame show on Sunday, NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano dropped some knowledge about Jets DC Gregg Williams. 

And that news is his "DC" title potentially changing to "HC" next season. 

"Two NFL executives told me this week that the job Williams has done with the Jets defense this season should be enough to get him at least some consideration for a head coaching job if enough jobs become available," Vacchiano revealed. 

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The Jets are considering re-signing linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who is in the final season of his rookie contract, according to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

"A league source said the Jets have expressed some interest in re-signing him, which was something that seemed unlikely when the season began," Vacchiano said. "Now, the Jets are going to try to find a dominant edge rusher this offseason in free agency or the draft. But the idea of Jenkins on the other side has some merits. He's been their best and most consistent pass rusher this year with five sacks, 12 over the past two seasons. He shouldn't cost a ton either, and might even be open to shorter term deal."

Jenkins was drafted with the No. 83 pick in the third round back in 2016 out of Georgia. He has five sacks this season, and a total of 17.5 sacks in four seasons with the team.

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Jamal Adams has been playing out of his mind lately. It seems like every big defensive play for the Jets involve their defensive captain, and if that continues on Sunday against the Bengals, he could be setting a new NFL record. 

Over the past three games -- all of which have been Jets wins -- Adams has collected 5.5 sacks. And when you include his one against the Dolphins in Week 9, Adams already has 6.5 sacks on the season with five games left to play. 

The NFL record for sacks in a single season by a defensive back was set by S Adrian Wilson back in 2005 with the Cardinals at eight. It's a record Adams promised he would break.

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The 4-7 Jets want to make it four in a row against the 0-11 Bengals. Here's what you need to know about where to watch...


DATE/TIME: Dec. 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. ET

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Ahead of the Jets' matchup with the winless Bengals on Sunday, Adam Gase spoke with SNY's Jeane Coakley to discuss a few things as the team prepares for the game.

With the Jets entering Sunday on a red-hot three-game win streak, facing an 0-11 Bengals squad could potentially look like a trap game, but Gase said the team has faced so much adversity this season that they aren't worried about things like that.

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The Bengals come into their game against the Jets on Sunday still in search of their first win of the season. Just three games after benching Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley, Cincinnati is turning back to their veteran quarterback. 

Despite his struggles this season, Jets head coach Adam Gase isn't looking past the TCU product, who has played 128 games for the Bengals since the team drafted him in 2011.

"He's a dangerous guy, period." Gase said. "That's just what it is. It's not always easy when you're a quarterback who's been in the same organization for a long time under the same head coach and all of a sudden everything changes. It's not always as smooth as you want it to be."

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Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) catches a touchdown pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Oct 7, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (16) catches a touchdown pass against Denver Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (41) during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Jets wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is in stable condition, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

His condition was upgraded after it was initally reported he was in critical condition after being stabbed at a Pittsburgh apartment complex late Friday night, according to WTAE in Pittsburgh.

"Shalaya Briston, 24, of Munhall, PA was arrested and has been charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault," police said in a statement.

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Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Oct 27, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA; New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) looks on during the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

Jets running back Le'Veon Bell chooses not to live and die by the numbers.

Through the first 11 games of his first season with the Jets, he has experienced highs and lows.

After the first eight games saw New York stumbled out with just one win, the team's turnaround has been on full display.

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C.J. Mosley, Chuma Edoga and Paul Worrilow missed practice again Friday and have been ruled out on Sunday against the Bengals.

With the Jets' recent hot streak keeping their playoff hopes alive, Mosley has remained off injured reserve despite only appearing in two games this season. The star linebacker said last week that if the injury to his groin/abdomen didn't heal in the near future, he would elect to have season ending surgery.

The Jets will play an 0-11 Bengals team this week before trying to get revenge on a 2-9 Dolphins team that stunned the Jets for their first win of the season just a few weeks ago. 

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With three wins in a row, the Jets finally have some momentum. How far can they push this streak, though? 

The next two games look winnable which would take them to five straight wins. By then, the Jets should have developed some winning habits and could provide a tough test for the three postseason candidates they face over the last three weeks. 

While the Jets will be keen to focus on one game at a time, it's difficult not to look ahead at the possibilities. Is it impossible they could run the table and end up with an unlikely winning record? Perhaps not. Let's recap the main things they'll need to focus on against each of their upcoming opponents.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) celebrates after a fumble recovery during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley and offensive tackle Chuma Edoga have yet to practice this week, as the team prepares for its Week 13 game against the Bengals.

Mosley has been dealing with a groin/abdominal injury, which has kept him out the past five games. Mosely said last week that if the injury didn't heal soon then he would undergo season-ending surgery. 

While Edoga suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Week 12's win over the Raiders, and head coach Adam Gase said "it's going to be week-to-week." The rookie tackle has started at both left and right tackle the past eight games, but it seems unlikely he'll be suiting up this Sunday.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) throws in the first half against the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Zac Taylor has an eye for offensive talent.

Before his rise to first-year head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, he spent the past two years with the reigning NFC champion Los Angeles Rams on Sean McVay's staff as assistant wide receivers coach (2017) and quarterbacks coach (2018), overseeing the offense that ranked second in points (32.9) and total yards (421.1) per game into last year's Super Bowl LIII appearance.

So when Taylor previewed Week 13 with the Bengals (0-11) hosting the Jets (4-7) Sunday at 1 p.m. from Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, he had an appreciation for his opposition's quarterback.

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Brian Poole made some headlines this week with a one-handed interception, which he returned 15 yards for his first career touchdown to ice the win over the Raiders.

However, Poole has quietly been one of the Jets' most consistent players all season. The 27-year-old slot cornerback is only on a one-year deal though, so should the Jets be looking ahead to next year and trying to ensure he remains in the fold?

There's no question that Poole has been one of the best offseason moves made by the Jets this year. He was a key contributor for the Falcons over his first three seasons, having joined them as an undrafted free agent. However, they surprisingly let him walk and the Jets were able to pick him up on a one-year contract worth just $3.5 million. That's proven to be a massive bargain.

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Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)
Nov 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is sacked by New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) and New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports (Robert Deutsch)

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not mince words when asked Wednesday about safety Jamal Adams.

Ahead of the Week 13 game against the Jets (4-7) Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the Bengals (0-11) get Adams and a resurgent New York defense off last weekend's 34-4 win over the Oakland Raiders (6-5).

Adams had half a sack, three quarterback hits and seven tackles Sunday as the Jets harassed Raiders quarterback Derek Carr -- an effort that conjured a comparison to former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

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The Jets enter the week with three straight wins, but head coach Adam Gase refuses to look past New York's next opponent.

Week 13's road trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati for Sunday's 1 p.m. game against the winless Bengals (0-11) presents a favorable opportunity for the Jets (4-7).

Despite how the last loss went down with Nov. 3's 26-18 stumble on the road at the hands of the Miami Dolphins, who were 0-7 entering the game, Gase believes the Jets have grown from the past month.

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The Jets' Week 7 loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football was a low point of Sam Darnold's young NFL career.

Facing the league's top defense, Darnold struggled mightily, completing just 11 of his 32 passes for a mere 86 yards. He threw four interceptions as well, as the Jets were shut out 33-0 in front of a national audience.

Fast forward to just over one month later, and things are looking much different for Darnold and the Jets. The Jets have won three straight games over the Giants, Redskins, and Raiders, and during that span, Darnold has thrown for 838 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception, compiling a 117.2 passer rating.

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Jets players tell SNY's Jeane Coakley which side dishes are their favorites, and they also debate... is it called stuffing or dressing?

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Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Nov 10, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Bengals are in desperate need of a win, so much so that they strayed away from their Ryan Finley project and returned Andy Dalton to his role as the team's starting quarterback. 

So he'll be taking on a Jets defense that has been shutting down offenses during this three-game win streak, and though he hasn't been getting the game reps he's used to these past three weeks, head coach Adam Gase knows his defense can't underestimate him. 

"It's obviously something we have to be highly aware of," he told reporters before practice on Wednesday. "Andy's through the most part of his career has done a good job taking care of the football, putting the team in a good position as far as third and manageable situations. He sees the game well."

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