After the New York Jets won their last two games of the 2013 season to finish at 8-8, many still thought it could have been Rex Ryan's last games as Jets head coach. Owner Woody Johnson ended that talk quickly by stating Ryan would be back in 2014. Now Rex Ryan has been rewarded with a contract extension through 2016.
Since the New York Jets finished 2013 strongly with wins over Cleveland and Miami, despite missing the playoffs for a third straight season, they will have continuity at the top by retaining head coach Rex Ryan for not only 2014 but with his new extension through 2015 and 2016 as well. The team did not release any details of the new deal, but what was known was reported by Rich Cimini. After the 2015 season, however, there is no guarantee that Rex Ryan will continue as coach of the Jets however because the contract does appear to have language regarding post season victories after 2014 and/or 2015 as necessities for him to be retained.
Rex Ryan will already have a slightly tough road ahead in 2014 due to the losses of coaches Brian VanGorder (linebackers) and Ben Kotwica, the latter to the Washington Redskins as their new special team coordinator. The team will also need to draft as well as they did in 2013 NFL Draft, finding talent in Sheldon Richardson, and decent additions in Dee Milliner, Geno Smith, Brian Winters and Tommy Bohanon. The front office, led by general manager John Idzik, has already been scouting talent all throughout the college ranks to help rebuild an offense that needs talented playmakers desperately under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to be dynamic in 2014 and beyond.
Hopefully New York Jets fans will find solace in the front office and owner wanting continuity at head coach with Rex Ryan being kept for 2014 and 2015 at least. Now they must build an offensive unit that score often and be dynamic in all facets to match the solid defense that they already have and utilize the special teams to round out the team.
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