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Don’t Worry: The Jets Are ALMOST Done Now

New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (14) talks with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano who is flanked by quarterback Tim Tebow (15) and quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) during the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The San Diego Chargers beat the New York Jets, 27-17.

As of roughly 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Jets' season will finally be over. The heavens will part, and the just and righteous will rise to receive their celestial rewards. We will all be released of our earthly bonds. Go yet forth, and be free!

Anyway, it all ends in Buffalo on Sunday, and just how much will end is yet to be seen. If just to spit in Tim Tebow's eye one more time, Rex Ryan is starting Mark Sanchez because Greg McElroy has a concussion. (A concussion he was trying to hide, which is extremely dangerous and, because Greg McElroy is surely never going to start a game the rest of his career, totally understandable.)

The only real question about Sunday is how many Jets you'll be saying good-bye to. Offensive coordinator Tony Sparano? Almost certainly: If Ryan and Woody Johnson could fire him mid-game just so everyone would have to watch, you suspect they would. (Norv Turner, about to be fired by the San Diego Chargers, is a logical target as the next OC of the NYJ.)

Tebow is obviously gone in the off-season, but is this sayonara for Sanchez as well? The Jets might want him gone — and the fans certainly want him gone — but there's still that small matter of $8.4 million owed to him next year. If the Jets don't bite the bullet and release him, it's hard to see anyone trading for him. We still think there's a much better possibility than anyone realizes that Sanchez returns. Which might be, um, unpopular.

This is all assuming, of course, that Rex Ryan is still here next year, and that's far from assured. The Daily News says Ryan might want to bolt himself if Woody Johnson isn't willing to spend in the off-season to fix the offense. Ryan's got plenty left on his contact himself, but if the Jets did fire him, he'd be a hot commodity for the tons of coaching jobs that will come available on Monday. He's the most likely person to still be around next year. That may be the best thing for him, or the worst.

Oh, and the Jets will probably lose on Sunday. Guess we should predict a score. Don't worry: You'll be safe soon. Bills 24, Jets 10.

Photo: Chris Szagola/AP/Corbis