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Jets, Rex Ryan agree on multi-year deal

The Jets and head coach Rex Ryan have agreed to a multi-year extension (Schefter) that according to ESPN is “heavily incentivized” based on the team’s postseason performance.


2:26 p.m.: The Jets have officially announced the extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ryan’s deal is for two extra years beyond his contract through 2014, taking the relationship through the 2016 season (Schefter).

Team owner Woody Johnson told the media that Rex Ryan will return as head coach of the Jets in 2014 after the final game of the 2013 season.

“We’re going to keep Rex Ryan and he’s going to be our coach next year,” Johnson said at the time.

Johnson said that he decided that Ryan would continue to coach next season before the last few games. Ryan knew his status before Sunday’s game, but the players didn’t find out until after the game.

“We’re just thrilled with the way we finished,” GM John Idzik said in December.

Ryan’s contract was set to end after the 2014 season. His 2014 deal was worth around $3 million, according to reports.

No word on what assistant coaches will remain on Rex’s staff.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It has been reported that Ryan is “betting on himself” when it comes to a new contract and it would seem that is exactly what he did. If he would sign a contract that is structured in such a way as to reward him for playoff wins, it might be a good indication of what the expectations are from upper management regarding Ryan’s sticking around for more than a year or two.

With that bit of business taken care of, let’s see if the Jets don’t lock up their dangling assistants (the ones they would like to retain) rather quickly. There were six assistants waiting on new deals as of yesterday and only one seemed to be actively shopping for a new job for over a week — former special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica. Kotwica was officially announced Wednesday as part of the Redskins coaching staff under Jay Gruden.




326 comments
marcus81
marcus81

we know what we have with Rex, give him good offensive talent, the OC is already here, and let him worry about the defense and giving him the best available players on defense, he just needs to keep quiet and coach. 

Wolf
Wolf

How much money do you guys make working from home?

Matthew Cavanagh
Matthew Cavanagh

As a Dolphins fan, I love this. More years of mediocrity from the Jets.

Wolf
Wolf

I'm sorry, but did I not say that this was exactly what was going to happen? The quality if the comments is on the same level as NFL.com

chasesimms
chasesimms

Not a Jets fan, but I'm reading the book Collision Low Crossers.  Its a good read.  Great insight into the world of the NFL.  Since it centers on the Jets, it also provides great insight into how why the Jets never stood a chance with Mark Sanchez at QB.  If you wanted to create the exact opposite mold of a Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, Mark Sanchez is it.  


Anyway, its a good book. I'd recommend it to any football fan.  It makes me want to root for Rex Ryan, but I don't see you guys standing a snowballs chance unless they pay some attention to the offensive side of the ball this off season.  

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

This team will turn it around FIRST in the NY - NJ area, WATCH!

MarshRandy
MarshRandy

Who are all these facebook noobs

arc34
arc34

The next Andy Reid.....gets more and more chances because he is a players coach (soft on discipline), recruits FA's well, and the owner loves him.....but no SB wins because he is horrible with in game time management and in regards to decisions on the offensive side of the ball; oh well....not many great candidates to replace him anyhow.

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Great signing, the Jets need some continuity. Just look at the Bengals and Marvin Lewis, three straight playoff wilde card exits, but he still has his job going into his 11th year  with the team. IMO, this draft is the most critical draft during the Rex Ryan era. 

James Smith
James Smith

The guy, until this year, was a big-time bozo and blowhard, but he grew up and got humble (no talent will do that to you) and did an excellent coaching job...he deserved an extension and deserves better players to work with so we can really see what he is capable of...remember: he went to the AFC Championship Game twice with Mangini's players...

longshot
longshot

I am not sure what is actually achieved by keeping Ryan.

Gary Frenson
Gary Frenson

Awesome, now just get him some players. He knows how to get the most out of them, But they have to have Talent.

kniff
kniff

A big part of Rex winning the bet on himself is pass protection. How many times do we see a play go off really well without a hitch, and how many times do we get to see a play develop because guys get a chance to improvise and get open and our QB (whoever it might be) gets a chance to scrutinize the field of play and nail a pass to the open playmaker?? The latter scenario is much less often obviously...


A TE that has great knees, isn't on steroids, and isn't trying to smoke synthetic weed, is a great start... In other words a BIG BLOCKING pass catcher is in order!! If we can draft this guy it would be great but I'm amenable to FA acquisitions as well...the key here (lets keep Cumby and Sudfeld) is strength AND depth...


Strength and depth at the Guard position (bye Vlad) is key for next years pass protection as well, and we should strongly entertain a new FB as well...

davem
davem

So if this goes like ESPN with the Facebook comments, I guess it's just a matter of time til we get bombarded with comments telling us how we can make $7K a week working from home?

Joan Israel
Joan Israel

Very simple: if Rex Ryan gets his QB situation set, meaning if his QB performs reasonably well, and can get the ball down the field accurately, he wins playoff games, and he'll have a secure job for years....on the other hand, if the QB situation doesn't get resolved, and is a mess as it has been for the past few years, his 'bet on himself' is a loser.

I think it's as fundamental as that.


Jim Israel

Bill Florin
Bill Florin

If he can get them to play as they did in the last game against Miami - with lots of spirit and energy - they should do well.

jvsvn
jvsvn

The idea that Ryan is "betting on himself" is laughable. There are only 32 jobs for being a head coach in the NFL that are available in the entire world (and the same for GMs). NFL owners are billionaires (with a B) and they hold the all the cards. This was the deal that Woody was willing to give Rex and he took it. What else was he going to do? If you're Parcels you can walk and maybe get another deal somewhere else but Rex isn't in that category. Very, very few NFL coaches ever will be. 


This sounds like a deal that is indicative of the real situation. After a rebuilding grace period year (which Rex handled well) he is now under pressure to win -- starting immediately. Such is life in the NFL.

arc34
arc34

@longshot ...better the devil you know....and that is it.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@longshot 

continuity of having only one losing season in the past five, and more AFC championship game visits from a Jets coach  than any other...

There is nobody out there with that kind of resume'

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

Thanks for staying on topic, Michael...

oh wait, you can't see this...

nevermind!

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@kniff 

Can the TE have an infatuation with killing people? As is does happen on some AFC EAST teams...

/jking/

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@davem 

Wow!  Now Rex Ryan can contact his high school classmates and tell them how his contract just got extended !

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@Joan IsraelProblem is Rex's tenure is tied to Geno's development b/c the Jets are all in on him.  If he performs on a rookie level with few killer turnovers, Rex is safe for another 2 years figuring the Jets will give Geno 4 years in a Sanchez-like all or nothing gamble. However, if Geno has 8-8 type success despite having better weapons around him for the next few years, Rex will take the fall for not developing him. So Rex's future is tied to Sanchez 2.0 unless Woody or Idzik breaks the mold.

Joan Israel
Joan Israel

@jvsvn 

Rex's future, whatever it is, is very, very secure: if he's ever fired as head coach, about 25 teams will be clamoring for him as their defensive coordinator, at a salary probably in the $2 million range. And, if he succeeds again as a DC, he'll get another chance at HC. But, regardless, he'll have a job in the NFL as long as he wants it, at multi-million $$ pay. That's security!!

Jim Israel

a57se
a57se

@jvsvn 

I don't think rex would of had to wait that long for another job if he was let go at the end of the season.

Bottom line is Rex WANTS to be here and that is a good thing.

a57se
a57se

For those of us who were there, Walt Michaels was a better coach than Joe Walton but Hess didn't like Michaels so he fired him and elevated Walton to HC. the Jets had TWO good season with Walton running the team.

Wolf
Wolf

Way 2 go TJB

longshot
longshot

@Bubby Brister@longshot Pretty easy to have more AFC championship game visits when the Jets probably have had only 20 post season games since 1969. As for continuity ... who wants the continuity of 3 mediocre to poor years in a row.

davem
davem

More Killer, Less Keller

Joan Israel
Joan Israel

@frustjetfn@Joan Israel 

I don't think the Jets are going to enter 2014 training camp with the only viable QB being Geno. They took that gamble, before Idzik was here, with Sanchez and they got severely burned. It's my gut feeling they -- Idzik and Ryan -- will have a competent veteran QB in camp -- who that will be I don't know -- to compete with Smith. They'd be real stupid if they tried that 'we're all with one QB' bit again. There is no down side to having a competition: best man wins.

Jim Israel

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@frustjetfn

There is one major difference tho. The QB coach and the OC for Geno is,IMO, worlds better than what Sanchez ever had!  That is why i think Rex is in a better place with his "show me" contract extension.

Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

@a57se There are 32 NFL teams. Now I did the math and only five of them have top 5 QBs. Those coaches are all geniuses. Only one team had the worst QB in the league, and that was the Jets for 5 years now. The past 2 years he had the worst WRs as well. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Jets do not have the worst record in the league over the past 5 years now do they? In fact I believe they are in the top 10. Give Rex an average QB, and a couple of average WRs and he'll give you a legitimate contender. That's why you are right. He'd be snatched up before he made it home from Atlantic Health. We have the means, and the opportunity to do just that this year. Thank God our 12 draft picks are in a very deep WR draft. There are some available in FA as well. There are quite a few FA CBs, and safeties so we can fix that before the draft, then let the players fall to us. I can't wait.   

arc34
arc34

@a57se So, he wants to be here....plenty of coaches wanted to have their cushy jobs forever, does not mean they deserve it, Rex doesn't and it is crazy we gave him an extension.....this sends the message that average is the goal, great!

Marvel
Marvel

@a57se 

I agree, Rex would have gotten another gig asap.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@longshot @Bubby Brister Yeah, the Browns fire their coach, on average, every two years. This strategy has enabled them to build an NFL dynasty. Fsck continuity. 

Pat d
Pat d

Continuity is very important at the head coach position. Whoever is in charge of offensive player evaluations is where change needs to happen.

Bubby Brister
Bubby Brister

@a57se 

Fair enuff...or as my dad once said to me after i got my college degree...

'...a piece of paper never shortened the ears of a jacka$$, son...'

(yeah, he subscribed to the tough-love approach to parenting)

a57se
a57se

@Bubby Brister@frustjetfn 

You can have the greatest coaches in the world but you may not have the right student.