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New York Jets’ Rex Ryan Expected to Return as Head Coach

December 28th, 2013 at 4:44 PM
By Donald Lappe

The New York Jets are expected to bring back Rex Ryan as head coach in 2014 despite the constant rumblings that his job was in jeopardy this season. As alluded to many times before, Rex Ryan's current contract runs through the 2014 season which will allow the Jets to turn 2014 into a do-or-die season unless they choose to give Ryan an extension this offseason. Reports indicate that Rex Ryan and John Idzik have meshed well so far and Ryan is already well-liked by owner Woody Johnson. The 2013 season may have been Rex Ryan's best coaching job to date, as so many predicted the Jets would be playing for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

'New York Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan greets Darrelle Revis' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

It shouldn't come as a major surprise that the New York Jets are expected to bring back head coach Rex Ryan. Ryan has missed the playoffs the past three seasons, but the other shoe had to drop at some point after the team went for broke and invested in some poor contracts to make a short-term run at the Super Bowl his first two seasons. Stability is key in the NFL and this team is on the upswing. Any change at head coach would bring along with it an anticipated step back as that coach would bring along his own staff and scheme.

Adam Schefter reports that the buzz surrounding the Jets organization indicates that Rex Ryan will return as head coach in 2014. As previously reported, Rex Ryan is under contract through the 2014 season. It makes a lot of sense to bring Rex back – the defense has been excellent this year and while the offense has been up and down, another year under Marty Mornhinweg should help. Geno Smith has shown flashes in recent games and the Jets have money to spend to fill some of their holes offensively.

This should be welcome news for Jets fans. The blueprint is in place and the team is taking steps forward. In head-to-head matchups with the New England Patriots the Jets went 1-1, with a three-point loss in Week Two at Gillette Stadium. If the Jets step up and knock the Miami Dolphins out of the playoffs, they would end up one less Geno Smith turnover fest away from truly contending for the playoffs. An offseason of improvement for Smith, with better weapons supplied around him through the 2014 NFL Draft and free agency, should put the Jets in line to contend in the AFC East in 2014.

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Tags: Adam Schefter, AFC East, Football, Free Agency, Geno Smith, John Idzik, Marty Mornhinweg, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York, New York Jets, NFL, Rex Ryan, Super Bowl, Woody Johnson

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