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Jets sign Vick, release Sanchez

The Mark Sanchez era has officially ended in New York, with the Jets releasing the embattled quarterback and signing Michael Vick on Friday. Vick said that he expects to compete with Geno Smith for the team's starting job, and given Smith's struggles in his rookie season -- 21 interceptions and a 55.8 completion percentage -- he might get that shot. The choice of starter will be a key decision for Rex Ryan, who looks to be on the hot seat if the Jets miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season.

Who should start at quarterback for the Jets?

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  • Is Geno Smith the long-term solution for the Jets at quarterback?

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  • Will Mark Sanchez ever start a game in the NFL again?

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  • Who was most to blame for the Jets' struggles during Mark Sanchez's tenure as their starting quarterback?

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  • Which team will win the AFC East this season?

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  • Will Rex Ryan be the Jets' coach after this season?

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  • Who should get to wear No. 7 for the Jets?

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Jets extend Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan will get another shot at bringing a Lombardi trophy to New York, as the Jets extended his contract through the 2016 season on Thursday. Ryan has had moments where the Jets have seemingly figured it all out, but he's been unable to build them into a consistent championship competitor. His coaching acumen was on full display this season, however -- despite a number of injuries and the struggles of rookie QB Geno Smith, Ryan led the Jets to a .500 record. He'll have to do better than that in the seasons to come if he wants to remain in New York for too much longer.

What do you make of the Jets' giving Rex Ryan a contract extension through the 2016 season?

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  • Will the Jets ever be legitimate Super Bowl contenders with Rex Ryan?

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  • Which team will win the AFC East next season?

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  • Is Geno Smith the quarterback of the future for the Jets?

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  • What best describes the Jets' 8-8 record this season?

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Jets bringing back Rex Ryan

The New York Jets started the season 32nd in the ESPN NFL Power Rankings. They were outscored by 97 points this season. Their rookie quarterback threw 21 interceptions and just 12 touchdown passes. And yet, Rex Ryan's team finished 8-8 on the year. All of that considered, Gang Green announced it is bringing back the head coach in 2014. Good call?

What do you make of the Jets' decision to bring back Rex Ryan in 2014?

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  • What grade would you give the Jets' season?

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  • Is Geno Smith the quarterback of the future for the Jets?

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  • What chance do you give the Jets to make the playoffs in 2014?

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  • Which team has the brighter future?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers might be below .500 on the season, but they looked the better team in their 30-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night. And they weren't the only losing squad to come up big on Sunday. Both the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams handed stunning losses to division leaders. Still, every sub-.500 team is eliminated -- or close to it -- from playoff contention this year, meaning it's not too early to look toward 2014. Which teams are best set up for a bounce-back next season? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

2014 bounce-back teams

Bills

Bills

2013 record: 5-9

Browns

Browns

2013 record: 4-10

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

2013 record: 4-10

Falcons

Falcons

2013 record: 4-10

Giants

Giants

2013 record: 5-9

Jaguars

Jaguars

2013 record: 4-10

Jets

Jets

2013 record: 6-8

Raiders

Raiders

2013 record: 4-10

Rams

Rams

2013 record: 6-8

Redskins

Redskins

2013 record: 3-11

Steelers

Steelers

2013 record: 6-8

Texans

Texans

2013 record: 2-12

Titans

Titans

2013 record: 5-9

Vikings

Vikings

2013 record: 4-9-1

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Is Geno Smith out of chances?

Some fans celebrated Mark Sanchez's injury as a chance for the Jets to begin again with Geno Smith, but so far, Smith has shown a very Sanchez-like predilection for throwing interceptions. Smith lasted only a single quarter in the Jets' loss to the Dolphins on Sunday, and though he's been told he'll be the starter for next week's matchup against the Raiders, we wouldn't fault Rex Ryan for thinking long and hard on that decision -- the Jets are (amazingly) still in playoff contention, and a few more wins could mean a lot for Ryan's job security next season.

  • Who should start at quarterback for the Jets against the Raiders?

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  • Is Geno Smith the quarterback of the future for the Jets?

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  • How would the Jets (5-7) have fared this season if Mark Sanchez was their starter?

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  • Will Rex Ryan be the Jets' coach next season?

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