The Roundup: Reports on Ryan’s return

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.

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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.com

We 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.

18 comments
a57se
a57se

What would we do without our amazing media folks???

What would we have had to argue and debate the last few days if they hadn't conjured up all this crap about Rex staying and going, lists and ties to other coaches???


Just think how boring the last few days would have been without this beautiful distraction they cooked up for us!

McGeorge
McGeorge

>.Kotwica interviewed for the Army head coaching job last weekend, but didn’t receive an offer.


Too bad....


Or is the special team weakness a function of not having good personnel?

BDarc23
BDarc23

A few days ago every reporter said "sources" say Rex was gone. Now every reporter says "sources" say Rex is staying. No one knows anything.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

It will be interesting to see how they handle this news, BTW. How and when they announce this, while mostly a PR issue, has recently been the thorn in the Jets side in regards to this stuff. I'd like to see them get it right for once. I go back and forth on what is 'right' -- unofficial confirmation before the game? After the game? Win or lose? Just keep quiet until the season-ending news conference like last year? Don't know what I'd prefer, assuming he is back.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

I'm sure if you lined up all the coaches that have ever shared a facility with John Idzik, there'd be quite a few that he thought could do a good job running this Jets team. He would worry about certain elements of their style and how he'd mesh with this current team, of course. 


Rex Ryan now falls into that category of a coach that has worked with Idzik in the past. Except instead of a defensive line coach for one year (from six years ago), or an offensive coordinator for two years, it's as a head coach for a year. For the team you are hiring. 


Do I think Ryan is perfect? No. Does Idzik? Probably not. But he probably believes, like a lot of us, that with the right surroundings, he can win the Super Bowl -- as he almost got there with a limited QB and still has the team's pulse three years later.


And yes, Idzik never hired Rex. But he didn't hire Bevell or Quinn either -- yet Idzik wound up liking them after working with them for a year. If you agree to go on a blind date that a friend set up, do you never eventually ask the girl to marry you because you never got the chance to ask her out the first time yourself, or because there might be other girls you've met before that could be better wives? No. You marry her, and then after 10 years if you don't win a Super Bowl, you go on facebook and look up some old coaches you always admired and have an affair.

Bigfoo7
Bigfoo7

I expect to get trolled by the mainstream media types. That is why I come here for the insight and honest discussion. I do not appreciate being trolled by this sight on this non story all week. But, I am over it. Being able to continue with Rex as head coach helps. Let's go forward and keep doing our best. Love you guys.

levi
levi

I thought the feeling around the office was Rex would be gone. Has that changed?

levi
levi

@McGeorge I believe its the personnel. If Lankster isnt playing it will be even worse.

Fartrell Cluggins
Fartrell Cluggins

That's totally false. There was no definitive report one way or another until Schefter's yesterday.

Bent
Bent

@Bigfoo7 This was never a non-story.  His job has been in the balance (and who knows, maybe these reports are wrong and it still is).  Maybe we're actually part of the pro-Rex sentiment that has caused Idzik to lean towards keeping him.

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

@levi I wonder if woodyjohnson4 #KeepRex rendered his phone inoperable. This left him in a conundrum: Do I fire Rex or return to a functioning phone? Who doesn't like a functioning phone? 



Brian Bassett
Brian Bassett

@levi Woody's Christmas week in the Carribbean might have changed his perspective :D

__fense
__fense

@Bent @Bigfoo7 So, Bent, what do you think his chances are now, with this new information? Still 80, or has it gone down?