Woody Johnson told the media that Rex Ryan will return as head coach of the Jets in 2014 after Sunday’s victory over the Dolphins.
“We’re going to keep Rex Ryan and he’s going to be our coach next year,” Johnson said.
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.
Idzik gave Ryan the game ball after the team’s 20-7 victory over the Dolphins to end the season, and spoil Miami’s playoff chances. David Nelson told reporters that Ryan was “extremely emotional” when Idzik addressed the players to tell them their head coach was returning.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis is great news for the Jets, as Rex Ryan deserved to return in 2014. From what we hear, the players were staunchly behind Ryan returning for 2014 as the season wound down.
With the way the team has finished, it is hard not to be bullish on 2014. Depending on which players the Jets cut, GM John Idzik could have upwards of $48 million in salary cap to utilize in upgrading areas of weakness for 2014. The Jets could also receive 12 draft picks in the seven-round 2014 NFL Draft. It’s hard not to see how quickly this team could make massive improvements to the roster, in short order, and allow a better assessment of Rex Ryan’s potential as an older, wiser head coach.
As far as the “balance of power?” Idzik is demonstrably Ryan’s superior and that trend should continue. I’ve heard that the Jets put out initial assessments on Seahawks defensive backs coach Kris Richards and Baltimore defensive backs coach Teryl Austin for what can only be coordinator roles. Both coaches have ties to Seattle, where Idzik worked prior to New York.
Now that we know Rex is safe, the focus will turn to how DC Dennis Thurman’s deal expires. Considering coaches like Richard and Austin could indicate Idzik is looking to replace the team’s defensive coordinator with a coach more familiar to him, who is potentially more capable and who can provide continuity for the team.
Adding a different coordinator is not necessarily a bad thing. It might force to give up play-calling duties on game-day and focus on the whole picture. Current DC Dennis Thurman and Rex Ryan are very close friends, but as far as we know, Thurman hasn’t demonstrated his ability to both scheme and call a defense. Rex ran the defense for the Jets on game day this year.
More as we know it…