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Rex Ryan: I know I have a contract for next year

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Before the Jets faced the Browns on Sunday, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported that Rex Ryan told his players that “word on the street” was that he was being fired after the season.

The Jets went out and beat the Browns 24-13 on the field, giving them seven wins on the season. That’s a better than most people predicted coming into the year even if it will fall short of a playoff bid or a winning record, but Ryan didn’t use the postgame press conference to make his case for sticking around. He wouldn’t address the report about a speech or anything about his future other than what it says on his contract.

“I know I have a contract for next year,” Ryan said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “What I do know, guys, is that I’m coaching this team. I’ve said this all season long: My job is to focus on the present and what’s right now.”

You could come up with compelling arguments on both sides of the Ryan issue, which would make it fitting for them to finish 8-8 with a victory next week, but you can’t say he’s lost the team. The Jets have continued to play hard for Ryan and players sang his praises after the game even as they also refused comment on any Saturday night speech.

Owner Woody Johnson and General Manager John Idzik didn’t have anything to say either, we won’t know for sure how much any of that matters for at least another week.

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29 Responses to “Rex Ryan: I know I have a contract for next year”
  1. dietrich43 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:02 AM

    Ryan may not be the best coach, but Tannenbaum made that mess of a roster.

  2. pftfan says: Dec 23, 2013 8:14 AM

    Rex deserves at least one more year back. He took a team with literally zero talent on offense to 7-8 wins.

    The Jets have all their draft picks and about $40M in cap space. He should be allowed to play out his final year with something resembling a NFL offense.

  3. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 23, 2013 8:14 AM

    With little talent he went .500. Imagine if he had talent.

  4. promickey says: Dec 23, 2013 8:35 AM

    I’m not a Rex Ryan fan with his big mouth. However he does have a compelling argument to be given a chance to complete his contract. The Jets played most of the season with a rookie quarterback.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 23, 2013 8:37 AM

    The “I’m getting fired guys” is just classic coach tactic. I call it “lou holtzing” to be specific.

    It’s where you either say it’s over before it’s over, or claim you don’t have a chance to win before the game, or anything like that. You create a win win situation- either you defy what you are saying and win (or don’t get fired and save your job) or you are the smart guy that knew things before they happened. Narcissism 101.

  6. raiderufan says: Dec 23, 2013 8:46 AM

    I’ve not supported Rex much but I will say he’s earned being at the helm next year….and when he lost his mind yesterday on that late hit it gave a good laugh I really neeeded! That was fantastic!

  7. pisano says: Dec 23, 2013 8:51 AM

    With a QB that at times looked totally lost, and not any receivers to speak of, I think Rex did a pretty good job. He turned that defense around to be better than respectable and they played for him. I do believe they could improve greatly with Rex coming back. That being said, they should bring a veteran QB in because I don’t think Geno is ready to command a contending team.

  8. lionsmark09 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:02 AM

    Jon Gruden and Rex in Detroit? Would not be bad. Probably wont happen.

  9. waldoampere says: Dec 23, 2013 9:03 AM

    Give Rex one more year but without a contract extension. If the Jets have a poor 2014 just let his contract expire and move on. If they really improve he’ll sign a new contract since he’d never walk away from an ascending team with a dominant defense. And on the off chance he did, they’d have their pick of coaches who would want a rising team and who also want the spotlight of NY.

  10. sdelmonte says: Dec 23, 2013 9:05 AM

    Rich Cimini made the argument that barring the unexpected return of Bill Cowher or the like to the sidelines, there are few ex-coaches, college coaches or OCs available that would be a big improvement over Rex or that have experience. Unless the Jets are tearing down completely – which seems unlikely – Rex is probably the best option.

  11. yevrag3535 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:13 AM

    Rex is a loud mouth under achiever who needs to go to a new team. His act has grown old and it shows. There is no real up turn for the Jets with him still there.

  12. jw1991 says: Dec 23, 2013 9:16 AM

    so confused. I want him but I don’t want him. Can he take a demotion and stay as our D coordinator? Honestly, I love Rex and his players love him its evident, but it may be a little too late now after three consecutive years of mediocrity.

    he has a couple things going in his favor:
    Sheldon Richardson turned out to be a monster.
    Quinton Coples, not bad.
    Mohamad Wilkerson monster.

    If Geno finishes strong against Miami and they knock the phins out of the playoffs, he has to be given the opportunity to finish his contract.

    Looks like Rex is humbled and has learned from his mistakes…We’ll see next week.

  13. apkyletexas says: Dec 23, 2013 9:18 AM

    Leave it to the Jets to fire their most successful coach since Weeb Ewbank after a season where he got the team to play over its head.

    We’re talking 42 years, people.

    If you could ever give this guy a QB like Roethlisberger or Eli, you could win a couple of Super Bowls. He damm near went to the Super Bowl in that 2010 AFC Title game in Pittsburgh. If Antonio Brown doesn’t catch that ball with one hand against his helmet, he might have got the Jets to that Super Bowl.

  14. weepingjebus says: Dec 23, 2013 9:20 AM

    I’ve been saying it all year, the football gods will find a way to reunite Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez on the Jets. You just don’t break up America’s premier comedy duo. So naturally the Jets will win out, finish at 8-8 or whatever, and give just enough of an argument to repeat it again next year. It’s a Festivus miracle!

  15. stoutfiles says: Dec 23, 2013 9:23 AM

    And no matter how you slice it, Rex’s QB options next year are:

    1. Geno Smith
    2. Mark Sanchez

    Rex created this mess by refusing to acknowledge Sanchez was awful and then drafting another awful QB in Geno. The offense will stay bad until he is fired and the new coach starts over with a new QB.

  16. whatjusthapped says: Dec 23, 2013 9:24 AM

    I would take Rex, no questions asked…….

    for my Defensive Coordinator

  17. tigerlilac says: Dec 23, 2013 9:32 AM

    Woody won’t pay two head coaches. He will be the head coach in 2014. The problem for the Jets is that a head coach playing out his last year may use it to his benefit (and the team’s) but may also use it to the team’s detriment. The Jets need to build a winner but Rex will again play to win at the detriment of developing the team long-term. One of Rex’s weaknesses is staying with “his guys”, guys that should be benched. That makes him a player’s coach but it does not build a winning franchise.

  18. realfootballfan says: Dec 23, 2013 10:00 AM

    Players love Rex Ryan. Give the man an extension, or we’ll be watching the Jets make a huge mistake letting him walk out the door. I’d look long and hard at a GM who drafted Milliner in the first round before I let him hire anyone in the first place. If Ryan is fired, I call him the same day for an interview if I’m Bob McNair and Rick Smith. That Texan team is vanilla and needs some personality to shake it up. Plus, he’d have most of the pieces he needs already in place to implement his defense.

  19. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    If you could ever give this guy a QB like Roethlisberger or Eli, you could win a couple of Super Bowls. He damm near went to the Super Bowl in that 2010 AFC Title game in Pittsburgh. If Antonio Brown doesn’t catch that ball with one hand against his helmet, he might have got the Jets to that Super Bowl.

    Wow, you are so wrong. First, Antonio Brown did not catch a pass against his helmet against the Jets, it was a different receiver against the Ravens the week before. Second, the Steelers jumped up 24-3 at halftime before the Steelers went into safe mode. Third, you would want INT Eli on the Jets? Give the Jets a good QB, they still need a RB, TE, WR, CB and S.

  20. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 23, 2013 10:12 AM

    In the 8 losses this year, the Jets have been outscored by almost 19 points per game. Plus they won 2 games on bogus penalties and a third because of a bad bad decision by the Falcons. The Jets are a whiff from being an 11 loss team. How are they being seen as successful? The record is skewed.

  21. rcali says: Dec 23, 2013 10:54 AM

    Get this guy a QB. Amazing how great a coach is with a legit QB.

  22. skooter519 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:28 AM

    I hop Rex keeps his job, signed Patriots fan.

  23. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 23, 2013 11:36 AM

    Rich Cimini made the argument that barring the unexpected return of Bill Cowher or the like to the sidelines, there are few ex-coaches, college coaches or OCs available that would be a big improvement over Rex or that have experience.

    Darrell Bevell from the Seahawks is the man. A young offensive-minded coach who is familiar to the Jets’ new GM. Draft a good WR, use the cap room to sign Chris Johnson, and fill in some other holes through the draft and free agency. The defensive front seven could play well under any system because they have young guys that are hungry to make a name. Rex Ryan must go.

  24. enoughofthatalready says: Dec 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    In the 8 losses this year, the Jets have been outscored by almost 19 points per game. That’s a fact jacks.

  25. finsblood13 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:31 PM

    How about after he gets spanked by the Fins??

  26. jr507 says: Dec 23, 2013 12:50 PM

    If they eliminate the dead fish on Sunday and Ryan gets canned then Idzik is lost. Ryan has navigated this season very well save for the Ed Reed debacle (Rex’s hyper-loyalty bug popping up again).

    With $40 million in cap money, they’ll fix the secondary and resign Wilkerson easily. Then this defense is back to top 3.

    They should still have roughly $20 – $25 million to spend on offense AND plenty of draft picks.

    It’s also amazing how the Jets can get mocked for having no talent at the skill positions (accurate) and then – with nobody to throw to – people still dog Geno Smith in his rookie year, coming into a completely new offensive scheme. Watch this kid next year with some playmakers and another year in MM’s scheme.

    Idzik only needs to supply the coaching continuity to completely purge the “circus” label.

  27. kev86 says: Dec 23, 2013 3:22 PM

    3 years in a row of no playoffs. the one year they made it under Ryan it was gift wrapped and they backed in ( it’s true).

    this guy is a mediocre head coach with a big mouth.

    he’s entertaining.

  28. rex2013mvp says: Dec 27, 2013 10:45 PM

    If Rex beats the dolphins on sunday and both teams finish 8-8, Joe Philbin should be fired not Rex.

  29. apkyletexas says: Dec 28, 2013 9:17 PM

    enoughofthatalready says:
    Dec 23, 2013 10:08 AM
    If you could ever give this guy a QB like Roethlisberger or Eli, you could win a couple of Super Bowls. He damm near went to the Super Bowl in that 2010 AFC Title game in Pittsburgh. If Antonio Brown doesn’t catch that ball with one hand against his helmet, he might have got the Jets to that Super Bowl.

    Wow, you are so wrong. First, Antonio Brown did not catch a pass against his helmet against the Jets, it was a different receiver against the Ravens the week before. Second, the Steelers jumped up 24-3 at halftime before the Steelers went into safe mode. Third, you would want INT Eli on the Jets? Give the Jets a good QB, they still need a RB, TE, WR, CB and S.

    ——————

    WOW. YOU ARE SO WRONG.

    It WAS Antonio Brown with the helmet catch. Just google “Antonio Brown helmet catch” – you’ll see what I mean.

    But I was a little bit wrong – it was the Ravens, not the Jets. However, Brown did catch the ball that ended the Jets game as well – a 14 yarder for first down with 1:48 left in the game – otherwise the Steelers would have had to punt it back to the Jets with time left to win it. Sanchez out-played Roethlisberger on the day – better completion percentage, almost double the passing yards, and 0 INT’s to Ben’s 2. If Sanchez gets the ball back with 1:30 to go, he might just lead them down to win the game, as they were only down 24-19. Sanchez was 10-13 for 91 yards and a TD in the 4th quarter, and the only time the Steelers had stopped him in the quarter was on a goal line stand on their 1 yard line. Otherwise he led the to the TD, and to turning over on downs at the Steelers 1, which resulted in the Jets defense scoring a safety on the next play.

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