Posted December 28, 2013

Report: Rex Ryan in line to return as Jets coach

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The Jets have missed the playoffs in each of the last three seasons under Rex Ryan. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The Jets have missed the playoffs in each of the last three seasons under Rex Ryan. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Failing to secure a playoff berth in each of the last three seasons has left Rex Ryan’s future as Jets head coach in doubt. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Ryan is in line to return to the Jets in 2014, though a contract extension remains uncertain.

Jets owner Woody Johnson has consistently backed Ryan, but the coach’s relationship with and value to first-year general manager John Idzik have come into question. Those hurdles may have have been removed this week, according to Schefter. Even at 7-8, this year’s Jets team has exceeded most expectations and Ryan’s relationship with Idzik appears strong.

The two men, Ryan and Idzik, were among the last two people in the Jets’ training facility late Friday night. Although a meeting on Ryan’s status could not be confirmed, a source said that their presence together in the facility was not accidental.

Besides the coach/GM relationship and Ryan’s contract status, another issue facing the Jets is that at least a half dozen assistant coaches, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, are working on expiring contracts. Those issues still need to be addressed and worked through, according to sources.

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Ryan is 41-38 in five seasons with the Jets, and coached the team to the AFC Championship Game in each of his first two seasons.


42 comments
RaymondSmith
RaymondSmith

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. So, the week before they beat the 4-10 Browns(at home mind you) he was going to get fired, and now based on that win they're keeping him? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The jets are LOSERS. Top to bottom.  Enjoy another losing season next year with this buffoon running things. 

stevegreen
stevegreen

The talent in the skill positions on the offensive side of the ball is a joke.

Jets do not have a RB or WR who would start on any other NFL team. So Rex deserves credit. More time as HC? Not so sure...

Baldeagle
Baldeagle

You New Yorker's are getting what you deserve, the Knicks, the Mets, the Yankees, the Nets and just because the Giants moved a few miles to New Jersey doesn't mean they ain't in a New York state of mind.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

As a football fan, this is great news. Jets always provide humorous reading, week after week. As a Giants fan this is also great news since it takes the focus off of the ill's and errors of the Giants. Helps them to get back in shape with minimum coverage. 

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

30th in passing, 24th in league vs pass, missed playoffs for 3rd consecutive yr give the guy a raise too while you're at it

NeoSmith
NeoSmith

The clown show continues!!!  YAE from all the NFL football fans who get a kick out of watching the Jets self-destruct every year!

Watchwolf
Watchwolf

And all the other AFC East  teams said "Thank you!"

3M_TA3
3M_TA3

To anyone who sez Rex should be fired:

Fine. Now replace him....with who?

Oh, the "anyone would be better" argument doesn't work. The Democrats did that with John Kerry in 2004, and look how that turned out.

Before you fire somebody, you must have a plan. Dan Snyder still hasn't figured out that little snippet yet.

And, no, I am not a Jets fan.

OnePass
OnePass

So Rex is going to be handed the task of developing another QB?


Same Old Jets.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

He has a better record than Jason Garrett. And he certainly has more playoff wins. And Jason is coming back, right? Jerry Jones said so. 

kj4027
kj4027

Ryan's first two seasons were accomplished with Eric Mangini's players. Most of those guys left via trade or free agency. The last 3 years are all on Ryan and the Jets have done buttkiss.

joe6647
joe6647

In these days of the offensively biased NFL, you need a good QB to be a consistent winner.


Rex Ryan has stated himself he pays no attention to the offense.  That reared its ugly head in the four years with Mark Sanchez and one year of Geno Smith.


Jets are better off going with someone like Cinci QB coach Ken Zampese who has 

1)  helped coach Kurt Warner during his greatest show on turf days in St Louis.  

2) helped Jon Kitna to a career year when everyone left him for dead.

3)  helped draft Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton and under his tutelage led them to career years


thats an impressive resume if you ask me

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

"Praise Jeebus!!" - all fans of the Patriots, Bills and Dolphins.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

Has SI.com no shame???


Last week, this very own webpage wrote the "insiders confirm that Ryan is out". Now he's staying. Such is the status of journalism these days...

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

Smart move by the Jets. Given how most picked them to go 3-13 this year, Ryan has done well. People seem to forget that he took the Jets to 2 AFC title games and going by his résumé so far, he is one of the better coaches in Jets history. With time Smith will progress, and Jets will be back to the playoffs. My Pats will continue to dominate the division for the next 3-4 years, but I wouldn't be surprised to the Jets being good a few years down the road.

6marK6
6marK6

Spin their wheels some more next year and then get a new coach next year.

TheFFInformer
TheFFInformer

So what happened to "the word on the street"? 

Matthew W
Matthew W

Sorry Jets fans but Foot-in-Mouth Rex ain't taking you back to the AFC Championship Game.

DocFlash
DocFlash

Good.  Team far exceeded expectations. His defensive schemes are stellar, now all he needs are weapons on offense. Idzik, do your job and improve the offense. With Sanchez coming off the books, we should have some money freed up as well.

Median2
Median2

@NeoSmith I find the cowboys self destruction far more hilarious.

joe6647
joe6647

@3M_TA3 Cinci QB Coach Ken Zampese.  Look at my post a few lines down.  


Jets go no where without a good QB and good QB development in todays NFL.  Ken has agreat resume

Marty2
Marty2

@OnePass "San-Chise" is still on the team and still the go-to-guy for Rex.  He will not abandon him just because the fickle New York press doesn't like him  anymore.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Seems to me the difference maker on defense that year was Bart Scott and I believe he came from Baltimore with Rex.. He may have fallen off but he was a crucial leader not only on defense but the team overall during the 2 straight trips to AFC championship. For as questionable as Ryan has been, he has had a much more succesfull career as Jets coach than one Bill Parcells.. Just saying...

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@kj4027 Then how did Eric Mangini ever managed to get fired?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@kj4027 How far did the Jets get with Mangini coaching them? Really, I don't remember. Where they going anywhere in the playoffs then?

salvaje50
salvaje50

@RescuedfromESPN People also seem to forget that he had a lot of talent on those two teams that went to the two Conference title games.  When his talent started to leave, so did the wins. 

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@TheFFInformer Guess it never "happened," which means any such 'reports' of Rex's imminent dismissal should be filed in that over-stuffed cabinet labeled 'Rumor-Duds & Creative Reporting.'

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

@Judge Smails Old, gray, spycheatergate Boston Patriots on the downswing - JETS moving up. This Jets fan approves also!

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

@Judge Smails “How ‘bout a Fresca®,” huh?  But careful what you wish for, "Your Eminence,"  remember "Danny Noonan."


JamesWBeaman
JamesWBeaman

@DocFlashHolmes should be off the books also and Cro will either be let go or restructured freeing up more cash. Hopefully Mr. Idzik will bring in some more talent and Geno will improve with a year under his belt.

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

@salvaje50 @RescuedfromESPN Well that would be on Mike Tannenbaum for letting all of them go. Braylon Edwards, Bart Scott, Revis (him being traded wasnt under Tannenbaum, but same principle with playmakers being traded.) The only thing I can fault Ryan with is mishandling the Tebow situation; I understand that Tebow may not a good NFL QB, but at that point the season was lost anyway, what was the worst that could come out of it? I hate the Jets, but at least give the man credit when he is due.