Quick roundup of the status of Rex Ryan from some on the beat.
From the New York Post’s Brian Costello.
A team source confirmed an ESPN report that the feeling around the Jets on Saturday was that Ryan would return in 2014. Ryan and Idzik met on Friday night. The biggest question is under what conditions would Ryan return. Would he receive a contract extension beyond 2014 or go into the final year of his contract, a rarity in the NFL. There are also questions about his staff. Several assistant coaches’ contracts are up, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica and assistant head coach Anthony Lynn.
From the Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
Indications are that the embattled Ryan will return in 2014, according to team sources. An official announcement from the Jets could come as early as Sunday, according to insiders.
Several key assistants such as defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica, assistant head coach/running backs Anthony Lynn, defensive line coach Karl Dunbar and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal have expiring contracts, according to a team source. Kotwica interviewed for the Army head coaching job last weekend, but didn’t receive an offer.
And Gary Meyers.
Multiple team sources confirmed to the Daily News, after it was earlier reported Saturday by ESPN, that indications were pointing to Ryan returning. Ryan and Idzik apparently met several times during the week, including Friday night.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWe believe it would be good news if Ryan is kept on to coach the upgraded 2014 roster. Even with Ryan staying, we have to wonder about all the coaching uncertainty that is being pointed to in the above reports. Darren Bevell or Dan Quinn won’t have sufficient cache in New York to replace Rex Ryan after he willed this team to seven or eight wins.
Indications seem to be that there will be coaching changes, even should Ryan stay. We’ll wait to see which coaches leave and which coaches join, but it’s easy to envision a scenario where John Idzik tries to influence placing some coaches familiar with (read: loyal to) him into the organization for beyond 2014.