Back on New Year’s Eve, Rex Ryan was asked about his and his coaches’ status with the organization, Ryan didn’t make any commitments, but did speak in positive generalities about his staff.
When asked about Dennis Thurman’s future, Ryan answered for his coordinator (as well as his staff) by saying that “I think it would be pretty clear what the Jets think of our coaches here in the next few days.”
That might be increasingly evident, especially in light of ESPN’s Adam Schefter report on Saturday.
Jets still haven't offered extensions to any of the at least half-dozen asst. coaches on staff, and they're now free to talk to other teams.—
Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2014
And our Jake Steinberg tacked on this little bit of news.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com“Offered extensions” could be interpreted in any number of ways. It wouldn’t be contradictory to Schefter’s report to conjecture that the the Jets might be in talks with the Jets assistants even if they haven’t hammered out details.
Still, the deadline for exclusive negotiations has passed.
I don’t know all the names of the expiring contracts but DC Dennis Thurman, RB coach Anthony Lynn, DL coach Karl Dunbar, WR coach Sanjay Lal and STC Ben Kotwica were among those names.
It might end up being much ado about nothing, but the question can at least be raised as to whether or not GM John Idzik is trying to delay new contracts for Rex’s coaches as a means to passively move them off the staff.