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Woody Johnson: Rex Ryan will return as head coach in 2014

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.com

This 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.

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274 comments
Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones

Well this was good news yesterday, now this will be an off-season that could be fun!

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Couldn't be happier that the indications which TJB was reporting that Ryan wouldn't return  turned out to be false

James Amedeo
James Amedeo

Was he extended? If so, what are the details?


Steve Jones
Steve Jones

I have zero issue with keeping Rex, I would have been o.k. if they let him go as well. But it would have been very silly to let him go after leading this questionably talented team to an 8 and 8 record. Some people have said that Idzik could have put his "stamp" on the Jets by firing Rex. I personally think that this offseason is Idzik's real chance to put his stamp on this team by the personnel moves he can make. A ton of cap space which he didn't have last year and 12 draft picks I believe. Obviously his first draft so far has been questionable, but it will look a ton better if Milliner continues to improve and Geno becomes a very competent QB. Even Winters had a great block in the game yesterday. (Baby steps I know lol) His Free Agents were ok too with Colon and Ivory. I think Goodson would have been a plus on his ledger had he of course not gotten injured/suspended/arrested, etc...

My question is where to go from here in the draft. With multiple picks to either use or package, can they trade up to nab an offensive tackle like Jake Matthews? I think the O-Line is a big area of need. They still can use secondary help if they let Cro walk, and of course a few wide receivers as well.

bharper42
bharper42

I'm not happy or mad about the decision because it doesn't make any sense to be.  I personally was looking forward to black monday but not actually expecting anything.  He still has a year under his contract, woody is the owner, and GMs with more balls said no to the job when told about rex.  


oh well i still believe in idzik being able to build the team up however.  I still don't like rex of course.


All that matters now is the next year and rooting for our team.  Even if it is led by clowns like woody woodpecker.


go jets 2014

Zartan
Zartan

want to ad, that Geno edged Sanchez in rookie seasons and rushed for Marks career total in one season. Who here thinks Geno will not improve next season?

Geoff Dean
Geoff Dean

i just didnt know what to think. i didnt know which way it was going to go but this makes me happy. i was very proud of the jets today. we played hard. im happy rex is coming back. lets hope above hope we get to the show next year.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

in the last month our 2013 draft improved which is encouraging...lets have a mistake free draft pickup a few solid fa's and we are back in the mix again

Joseph
Joseph

Great win for Rex and his staff

a57se
a57se

Well the Jets dropped from no.11 to no. 18 in the draft with that win.....according to the Draft trade value chart that is a difference of 350 points which is the equivalent of the 55th pick in the draft, 23rd pick of the 2nd round!

In other words, the Jets traded a second round pick to beat the Dolphins!


frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Dallas is done 24-22. Couldn't happen to a better team. LOL!

John Ledo
John Ledo

Congrats to Rex

If I'm idzik I would bring in Boldin on a 2 year 7 mi deal. Kenny Britt and Manningham on 1 year vet minimum deals. Give Maclin a 2 year deal with incentives. Throw these guys along with Hill, Kerley, and Nelson all into competition.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

I would sign Verner. This kid is young and played outstsnding this year. If we have him we can live with Reed Allen and Landry

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

I've been checking 2014 mock drafts also and see that Walterfootball has at least 3 WR's going in the Top 15: 

Mike Evans > Bills

Sammy Watkins > Giants

Marqise Lee > Lions

And now that we fell out on the Top 15 w/this useless win over Miami, we'll probably miss out on the top safety, too not to mention 4 QB's.


I just hope everyone's still happy about today's win come draft day and we don't miss out on a perennial Pro Bowl player by a few spots. That would really plss me off.

jdb7
jdb7

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sbnation/SBNation_20131229_2014_NFL_Draft_order__Picks_1-15_set.html

the top 15 picks are set

1. Houston Texans - 2-14 (.559)
2. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - 3-13 (.516)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - 4-12 (.504)
4. Cleveland Browns - 4-12 (.516)
5. Oakland Raiders - 4-12 (.524)
6. Atlanta Falcons - 4-12 (.553)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 4-12 (.573)
8. Minnesota Vikings - 5-10-1 (.512)
9. Buffalo Bills - 6-10 (.520)
10. Detroit Lions - 7-9 (.457)
11. Tennessee Titans - 7-9 (.504)
12. New York Giants - 7-9 (.520)
13. St. Louis Rams - 7-9 (.553)
14. Chicago Bears - 8-8 (.465)
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - 8-8 (.469)


Of them who will take a TE or WR


1 - No

2 - No

3 - No

4 - No

5 - No

6 - No

7 - No

8 - No

9 - No

10 - No

11 - No

12 - TE maybe

13 - No

14 - No

15 - WR maybe

Mike DeRosa
Mike DeRosa

@bharper42I don't understand why no one likes Rex. Who would replace him? And don't give me some unproven college level coach. I want an NFL name.

Geoff Dean
Geoff Dean

@a57se also, this win brings home good tidings. everyone feels better. no draft pick can replace a winnign attitude.

Matt Sell
Matt Sell

If there's one thing I've realized, winning is more important for the future of a franchise than a higher draft pick. Football games aren't won on a spreadsheet. Players need to have confidence and believe in themselves. It may not seem like it but this was a big win for the franchise and this current rebuilding effort.

maynardfan
maynardfan

@frustjetfn Rex would be HC of Cowboys next year if not for Woody/Idzik retaining him.

marcus81
marcus81

@frustjetfn Jerra said there would be a big shake, I guess he's gonna fire himself.

Wayno
Wayno

Boldin is retiring, he barely came back this year

klecko71
klecko71

@Johnsbodybyvi Ledo kenny britt???  a bit risky no??


overwhelm jimmy graham with an offer... sign a boldin type, and draft a WR like watkins or mike evans from texas A&M... 


done

bruceleroy
bruceleroy

@frustjetfn Because trading up in the draft is not allowed anymore? I am confused and saddened by the fact you are a "fan".

Eddy Lopez
Eddy Lopez

Get EBron TE from NC im the 1st, DEvonte Adams wr from fresno st 2nd.

buddyryan
buddyryan

A.) You don't know all 3 will be gone when the Jets draft B.) The odds that the WR taken before the Jets is a "Perennial Pro Bowl" player is miniscule. C.) To knock the Fish out of the playoffs is sweet..and D.) You play to win the game.

Wayno
Wayno

Great post, i hate winning!! I want a great draft pick every year, lets really tank it next year and go for number 1 pick

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

We can trade up a few spots for our 1st 3rd and 5th

bruceleroy
bruceleroy

@jdb7 I think you under estimate teams wanting WR's and TE's to be second options and be even more potent on Offense. Tampa Bay, New York(A), Rams and Steelers may want a No. 2 target. We probably will have 1 WR drop to us but def not 2 of the Big 3.

juunit
juunit

@jdb7 

I don't think I agree that only two teams in the top 15 will take a WR/TE. 

I wouldn't be surprised if all the TEs are still there, but I'd very surprised if we had our choice of essentially any WR we want. 

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@jdb7 How can this be right if we lost head to head against Pitt?

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@klecko71@Johnsbodybyvi LedoAgree with Graham. Watkins & Evans probably gone. Wayne's right, would be real surprised if Boldin's not retired. Britt risky & Manningham - who knows if he'll really be available.

Bottom line is we'll all see how innovative Idzik will be with Cap room and a full draft. If he manages to pull in more talent on the level of Ivory and Richardson, we should be playoff bound.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@buddyryanc) Knocking the Fish from the playoffs IS sweet, but the way to do it is to make the playoffs yourself. Everything else is loser BS.

D) I hope Idzik gets on Rex after every Bye week from now on to remind him "you play to win the game." If it didn't take 3 weeks to re-motivate the team this year, we would've made the playoffs. Remember, the last half of this season was supposed to be a cakewalk with the exception of Carolina.

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@Wayne Martiak JrGet real. We're talking about the difference between 7-9 and 8-8. That may mean "hate winning" to you, but not to me. BTW, playing the role of spoiler only means one thing in the big picture; it means you're a loser!

buddyryan
buddyryan

Based on strength of schedule

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

@Wayne Martiak JrWho's says all that would've happened? A bit extreme aren't we? 1- Rex said he was told B4 the game that he was back. 2- You don;t tank it, but you can use it to teach your younger players how to play in real competition like Rex said he did all year with Geno and Milliner. Are you telling me Rex was wrong? 3- "Not Give Geno a game to build on?" He's started all 16 games this year, so that's not even logical.


Lastly, no one is saying to tank it, but the reality is with the Jets luck it could cost us big time (assuming we would draft the right guy, of course). - Let's just hope you're saying the same thing in April 2014.

thegr81
thegr81

@frustjetfn @Wayne Martiak Jr i think he's getting real and agreeing with you... i would take it a step further... lose every single game so we can get the #1 pick every year!

Wayno
Wayno

So jets should have thrown game away?? Let our hated rivals make the playoffs!! Let all the fire rex talk start up again. Not give Geno a game to build on, just so we could move up 3 spots in draft???!!!?? You have the logic of a "loser"

__fense
__fense

@rstysanchz @buddyryan We're ahead of the Dolphins in the division standing but they pick after us, if that makes you feel better.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

@buddyryan i hate that strength of schedule bull if the steelers beat us so they would of got the tiebreaker for the playoffs if the chargers loss but also get the better draftpick over us now

__fense
__fense

@johnnyl65 @jdb7 It's at least a 3 way tie, so Head to head doesn't work. If it was just the Jets and the Steelers at 8-8, they would use it, but because the Bears (and at least Miami, I think) were also 8-8, they go on to the next tiebreaker.

jdb7
jdb7

@johnnyl65@jdb7 

Doesn't matter.  The Jets should be able to get a receiver they want where they are picking.