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Report: Jets could announce Rex is staying on Sunday


In 2013, Jets coach Rex Ryan may have done his best job yet, given the quality of the players with which he has been working.  And that apparently will be enough to get him at least one more year.

According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, an announcement that Rex is staying put could come as early as Sunday.

The real question will be whether and to what extent Ryan’s contract is extended.  Currently signed through 2014, it’s hard to imagine a lame-duck coaching situation in the nation’s leading media market.  At a minimum, Ryan would be getting a one-year extension — which would still mean that he’ll be coaching for his job next year.

The smart move, if doubt remains in the front office regarding Rex, would be to fashion a multi-year extension with some fine print that reduces the buyout if the Jets decide after 2014 to move on.  That would create the impression Rex is safe next year, avoiding another season of constant speculation over whether he’ll be back.

Regardless, the current season of constant speculation over whether he’ll be back apparently is poised to end with a proclamation that, by winning seven (and maybe eight) games with a largely overmatched roster, Rex has earned the right to give it at least one more shot.  And if that’s the decision, it’s the right one.

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  1. coondabye says: Dec 28, 2013 5:41 PM

    Rex Ryan: The man, the myth, the legend.

  2. jbaxt says: Dec 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    Horrible decision. Sometimes it’s just time to move on.

  3. mrbigass says: Dec 28, 2013 5:46 PM

    I’m sorry but it’s hard to take this guy seriously after seeing that tattoo and watching those wacky videos of his wife’s feet with him slobberin’ in the background……….jus’ sayin’……

  4. jw1991 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:48 PM

    win on sunday=stay
    lose=get canned…
    that simple.

  5. avantgardemix says: Dec 28, 2013 5:49 PM

    I’m not a huge Rex Ryan fan, but when your starting quarterback has a TD-INT ratio of 12-21, and a passer rating of 65.3, its quite an accomplishment to win 7 games.

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Dec 28, 2013 5:50 PM

    Once again, Ownership proves why this team is a joke. It won’t be until this team changes ownership and then maybe they will stop being the embarrassment of the NFL.

    Ownership poison from the top down.

  7. alskdh says: Dec 28, 2013 5:52 PM

    Best news since the announcement of Brady’s extension.
    Here’s to another long fruiti-Jets tenure.


    Pats fans everywhere.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    Rex has done such a great job developing starting QBs that Woody Johnson can’t bear to let him go.


  9. duluthvikesfan says: Dec 28, 2013 5:55 PM

    I’m not much of a Rex Ryan fan and I doubt he will ever win a SB with the Jets. But given the talent and the schedule they had, in many ways this was probably his best year as a head coach.

  10. Shinnbone says: Dec 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    And……they could also announce Rex is fired!

  11. borisbulldog says: Dec 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    Shame the Browns let the Jets beat them last week and save Ryan’s job!

  12. charmcitychampions says: Dec 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    Rex Ryan has done a great job in NYC. What he did with that team and it’s profound lack of talent on offense since he got there is nothing short of amazing. The problem they had was letting rex have too much say in personnel and having an idiot GM at the controls letting Rex (Or Herm or Mangini) run their own show. The new guy seems like an adult is at the controls. With a competent GM, and some actual offensive talent, they will be a much better team going forward.

  13. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    If Manish Mehta told me that is Saturday I wouldn’t believe him.

  14. vanmorrissey says: Dec 28, 2013 5:59 PM

    So much for Mehta calling for his head after putting Sanchez in during the 4th quarter of that preseason game . All we heard was the hoopla that he should have been fired then, but the genius Mehta never explained who would take over as coach a week before the season started. Idiot. We don’t hear a peep out of the media about that now do we? Didn’t think so.

  15. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 28, 2013 6:04 PM

    Draft a decent QB and see where he can take them. He has had his teams in the hunt every year (other than 2012) despite having Sanchez/Smith leading the team.

  16. avantgardemix says: Dec 28, 2013 6:06 PM

    LOL at Pats fans above inferring that Rex Ryan has something to do with New England’s superiority over the Jets.

    New England has Tom Brady.
    The Jets have Geno Smith and Marc Sanchez.

    There you have it, genius.

  17. xcerebus1 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:15 PM

    I read some of these comments and wonder if some of you guys even follow the Jets in their division. Ryan took over someone else’s team that already had been winning and with someone else’s players and draft picks made the playoffs in his first couple of years there. Then he steadily tanked. It was Ryan’s decision to sign Sanchez to an extension even before his contract was up. He’s made some incredible bonehead moves in his job as a head coach. I don’t even like the Jets and think the guy should be canned.

  18. clarencewhorley says: Dec 28, 2013 6:27 PM

    I’m sure Rex wants to get fired. With all the openings if he was fired he could end up in Detroit with amQB and a killer D line, or go be the D coordinator for GB or some other championship caliber team

  19. footballfan58 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:30 PM

    This has nothing to do with me being a New England fan, but I hope Rex stays. He provides lots of comic relief for the NFL. I find the guy very funny. Really.

  20. kev86 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:37 PM

    I think Rex fits in the circus like franchise the Jets have been through the years. They should only fire him if they want to be taken seriously with someone else.

  21. raenray2 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:39 PM

    What Red did this year was amazing. He held Brady in both games under 200 yards and kept the games low scoring. Our defense did an excellent job even though they were out there all the time. If we had a QB that didn’t throw so many picks and scores we would be in the playoffs. Our defense would get the ball back in good scoring positions and Geno would throw it away and start throwing the picks. If we get a descent QB like Cutler. Our Oline will keep him health cause he knows he only has 2 seconds to throw the ball unlike 6 sec Geno.

  22. petehemlock says: Dec 28, 2013 6:40 PM

    He should be in Canton already. Jay-Z should be his agent. Makes Coughlin look like a Boy Scout troopmaster. If he stays it will be an encouraging reflection on Idzik’s decision-making skills.

  23. themagicalrighttestical says: Dec 28, 2013 6:46 PM

    They should keep him, this coming from a diehard Pats fan, it’s not all his fault that Tannenbaum went crazy after thier first winning season signing all those overrated big name players who wanted to jump on the bandwagon. Essentially giving them a 2 year window before bringing them to the salary cap hell they are in now.

    He is a good coach, and as much of a blowhard he is, it is good to have a rival in the division to keep things interesting, which he does a great job of.

  24. raenray2 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:48 PM

    XCEREBUS1 Mangini wasn’t winning. He was a psycho coach. The players hated him and they all spoke when he was canned. You actually see the Jets players fighting for him. We had No offensive playmakers at all. Only Kerley I would love to see stay cause he gets us a ton of 3rd downs and actually gets open. Also a LG so we need 2 WR a TE LG and a QB. The new QB could change the WR’s and TE’s we have already but we should stilll look for younger guys. I watch every Jets game. We had our best games against good teams. We just played down to losing teams. We have all young guys were the 5th youngest team in the NFL so they have to get use to playing and get use to playing on the road

  25. eslaught says: Dec 28, 2013 6:49 PM

    The front office of that organization is a train wreck. They should be begging Rex to stay. He got 7 wins out of that roster. Imagine if he had a roster of actual players. Name a player on that team that is a starter any where else. Maybe someone on the DL, but that is it.

  26. nyjetblue says: Dec 28, 2013 6:50 PM

    Football is entertainment. Rex is entertaining. I’ve suffered with the Jets for 40 years but I’ve been more entertained in the Rex Ryan era than ever before.

  27. newjerseygiants says: Dec 28, 2013 6:52 PM

    I knew Rex wasn’t going anywhere and posted why many times on this site. Best move the Jets will make all year. Woody isn’t that stupid guys.

    The Jets are a team only a few key players away from being very tough to beat.

  28. shaggytoodle says: Dec 28, 2013 6:58 PM

    Staying Sunday or Fire Monday..

    But word on the street is this is his last season.

  29. multiplemiggs says: Dec 28, 2013 7:01 PM

    LOL Rex took over a winning team and gave Sanchez an extension? Yea what were they winning exactly? If you believe your head coach is calling front office shots you have no idea what your talking about and have no business commenting.

  30. jetsfaninjersey says: Dec 28, 2013 7:10 PM

    The fact that Rex’s name came up this week on many Sirius NFL shows as a possibility for Coach of the Year, is a reflection of the job he did this year. If his QB had less INT’s and more TD’s they would have been in the playoff’s. Rex and his D are a great building block for the future. If a few more offensive playmakers are added, a solid team is had. The players love playing for him…haters keep hating.

  31. pastabelly says: Dec 28, 2013 7:17 PM

    As a Pats fan, I think Ryan is a decent coach. Better news in Foxboro is that they commit to Smith.

  32. cwdonald314 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:18 PM

    If they keep Rex but also keep Geno Smith, you might as well not play next season. They need a new qb and its not Geno and its not Sanchez.

  33. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 28, 2013 7:18 PM

    No respectable head coach would go into a final year of a contract. A one year extension tells the players and the fans that they don’t have that much confidence in the man as head coach. Why not just move on?

  34. rubenxx7 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:18 PM

    the most overrated coach in the nfl. i just hope the detroit lions dont follow jets poor decision with swartz

  35. patssox says: Dec 28, 2013 7:23 PM

    “Rex Ryan is the greatest coach in the history of coaching.”
    ~ Rex Ryan

  36. badgrandpa33 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:28 PM

    Rex Ryan’s real skill is getting the most mileage I’ve ever seen out of his, ahem, “accomplishments”. And I use the word ‘accomplishments’ loosely.

    This guy made two AFC Championship games and has acted like he won two Super Bowls. And the media and fans buy it. A guy like Tom Coughlin has actually won something, TWO SUPER BOWLS, and people already want to run him out of town. How does Rex do it?

    Now, he’s led the Jets to a 7-9 record and has people believing he’s a great coach again. People will point to his poor roster, but everyone forgets that he had a MAJOR SAY and MAJOR INPUT in to the building of said roster. A lot of these players hwer handpicked by REX. Yet he has managed to escape culpability for such poor players being on the Jets.

    Bravo Rex, bravo. You have everyone fooled yet again.

  37. baldy55 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:33 PM

    Ahhh you say the team Rex got was a winning one. They were 9-7 the year before and 4-12 the tear before that. Rex added players like Holmes, Braylon Edwards,LT on offense. Bart Scott,Jim Leanord,Antonio Cromartie,Trevoe Pryce on Defense.
    Rex and his defensive system got the Jets one step away from the super bowl in 2009 and went 11-5 and got them one step away from the super bowl again. Mike T pulled the strings on the Sanchez deal and just think how good the Rex led Jets could be if they find a QB that does not lead the NFL in turnovers. Just something to think about.

  38. petedutcherjr says: Dec 28, 2013 7:37 PM

    He’s had two high draft QBs to win with and he has failed with both.

    At some point you have to stop blaming the QBs and look at the coach.

  39. billytodd2013blbaad says: Dec 28, 2013 7:39 PM

    not a JETS fan.. but I like Rex. If the Jets would give him some real weapons then maybe he may do something.

  40. aldante66 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:42 PM

    If rex doesnt get dumped neither will Frazier or Schwartz IMHO.
    Obviously the owner and GM leaked this, no one else could come up with him not being canned and the announcement coming tomorrow. No one.

  41. patriotinvasion says: Dec 28, 2013 7:43 PM

    Pats fan. Rex is a solid coach and isn’t the problem with the Jets. The quarterback has been the problem. Always thought that team would be a force if they just had someone decent under center. Even a guy like Alex Smith could have been good for that team. Rex should stay, and they should do whatever possible to get a QB.

  42. aldante66 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:45 PM

    The irony. I’ve seen coached canned for sticking with a QB that never panned out and putting all their hopes in the guy. He may stay but trust me Geno will take him down.
    Frazier had Ponder, Fisher had Young and a former Vike coach had Travaris. None panned out and all coachers were canned for it.

  43. slick50ks says: Dec 28, 2013 7:47 PM

    Idzik is either an idiot, or doesn’t really run personnel on this team.

    I personally thinks it’s both.

    Now what do jests fans think of Woody Johnson running the front office of this franchise?

    They aren’t reffered to as raiders east for nothing.

  44. bmore44 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:48 PM

    If Rex gets fired ,he would find a HC job quick.

  45. baldy55 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:49 PM

    Yeah Gino Smith is a bust. Because all rookie QBs do what Andrew Luck did right? Gino has had a normal rookie season. A lot of ups and downs. Just think he sucks so bad,the team has NOTHING on offense(started three undrafted street free agents at WR & TE) and he still could get them to 8-8. Sounds like a crap coach to me?

  46. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 28, 2013 7:51 PM


    You got anything else besides baseless conjecture? Not to say Rex has no input on personnel at all, but the general manager and scouting department are the ones tasked with building a team, the HC just has to coach up the guys he does get, lets not pretend the hole the Jets are in is the fault of anyone else but Mike Tannenbaum.

  47. badgrandpa33 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:00 PM


    How is what I said “baseless conjecture”? If you’re gonna blame Tannenbaum, you gotta blame Rex too. It is known fact that Rex had lots of input on the players who are on the Jets. Tannenbaum and Rex worked hand in hand. Jets fans love to throw Mr. T under the bus and give Rex a pass and I guess they will do so for the next 20 years. It’s pathetic but not surprising.

  48. tubbman27 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:01 PM

    Oh that’s great news… for the rest of the AFC East. This guys a boob. See “the peter principle.”

  49. arcadedna says: Dec 28, 2013 8:06 PM

    Having a top ranked defense must mean nothing anymore. The comments under any Jets post are so ridiculous. Of course they are terrible on offense…rookie qb, no receivers, it’s always 3rd down. Rex is not the issue. It’s a players game and right now, the offense is to blame.

  50. Kolo Jezdec says: Dec 28, 2013 8:09 PM

    Mr. Ryan is a perfect example of the Peter Principle in action.

    That said, I hope the Jets lay their hearts out tomorrow and beat Miami to save Mr. Ryan’s job. Also, go Chiefs and Bengals!!

  51. Kolo Jezdec says: Dec 28, 2013 8:10 PM

    Ah man, tubbman27 beat me to it!!

  52. kev86 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:13 PM

    Pat fans chiming in is so weak. Typical. They can never be trusted. Glad the Giants ruined the oatsies perfect season and beat them twice in the SB.

  53. fissels says: Dec 28, 2013 8:14 PM

    Ryan and Izdik seem to be working well together. I say give him 2 more years!

  54. nofrets66 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:20 PM

    Anyone else look at that picture and hear the sound of a donkey braying?

  55. larrydavid7000 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    woody johnson = jerry jones and jerry jones =woody johnson. Need to have 2 Circus in both Conferences. 2 of the Most Stupid owners ever.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. jrs1972 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:04 PM

    An extra albeit late xmas present for pats fans. How sweet, thanks jets.

  57. granadafan says: Dec 28, 2013 9:10 PM

    Amazingly the Jests were NOT the biggest circus acts this year. That prize went to the Dolphins, Cowgirls, and Tampa Bay. Heck, even Seattle with all their drug addicts had more negative attention.

  58. kristucker3 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:24 PM

    Granadafan must be black

  59. jetsareajoke says: Dec 28, 2013 9:25 PM

    I’m just a little confused. Everyone keeps mentioning how great Sexy Rexy’s defense is, but aren’t they like -110 points differential? Is that now considered good?

  60. kristucker3 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:27 PM

    Anyone else?

  61. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 28, 2013 10:06 PM


    Because outside of what’s revealed in interviews, there is no way to know what happens behind the scenes of an NFL franchise, which would make statements to the contrary, y’know, baseless conjecture. Like I said before, Rex obviously has a say in what players make it on the team, but he’s not in charge of scouting, he’s not the one who signed Sanchez and Holmes to massive contracts and royally screwed the teams cap situation, he’s not pulling the trigger on draft picks, that’s why people give Ryan a pass.

    Off the top of my head, the only player screw ups you can contribute directly to Ryan are letting go of Kerry Rhodes, drafting Scotty McKnight, and bringing in Ed Reed.

  62. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Dec 28, 2013 10:09 PM

    Lets not forget, this is a 5 win team at best. And that’s stretching it. Atleast 2 of their wins were gifts.

  63. petehemlock says: Dec 28, 2013 10:19 PM

    and let’s not forget the value of continuity. Keep Rex and Marty for Geno. Besides, I already have 3,000 unsold ‘REX-MARTY-GENO-NYJ’ bumper stickers. my contact info: user is not authorized

  64. bowmanj35 says: Dec 28, 2013 10:43 PM

    Rex is a joke. I can’t take him seriously. if he were hired by my favorite team, I’d be miserable. he’s a side show defensive coach trying to run a team. make him a defensive coordinator, then you have a shot. until then he’s a sub story to take headlines when there’s nothing else to talk about so he serves a purpose, albeit a small one.

  65. j0esixpack says: Dec 28, 2013 10:43 PM

    Wrecks is the Ron. Burgundy of head coaches. Likeable. Hilarious. But Lord, you don’t actually want him to coach or be responsible for the news.

  66. alexgiobbi says: Dec 28, 2013 10:44 PM

    If Ryan is staying, then I’m happy. Look, he’s not a perfect coach, he can run a defense, but he needs a guy like Morhinweg to help him. Regardless, he’s a players coach. With almost all the ego problems gone from 2011-12 and with a fresh group of faces, I can see Ryan leading this team back to the playoffs in 2014. Also, will you idiots lay off Geno? First of all, not every rookie quarterback is going to be the next Russell Wilson, second, Geno had to deal with a very threadbare receiving corps, of which I’d probably keep Cumberland, Kerley and offer David Nelson a tryout. Give him 2 or more weapons like Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans and Austin Sefarien-Jenkins and a decent guard and Geno could actually be good. I see the Jets really coming out of this smelling like roses next year.

  67. 64post says: Dec 28, 2013 10:48 PM

    Pro football talk, CBS sports, ESPN and 20 other sports publications/blogs: Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Jets Ryan Jets Jets Ryan Jets For such an awful team they get the biggest share of news run..

  68. beachsidejames says: Dec 28, 2013 10:50 PM

    Dolphins last week were pathetic. As the Jets coach Ryan is 41 and 38. If he can’t beat the Fins tommorrow help the guy out and fire him so he can get with another organization. Rex would do better somewhere else and not as the head coach.

  69. 64post says: Dec 28, 2013 10:51 PM

    Sweater vest Rex pictured with his pie hole wide open. He’s the face of the franchise LOL…

  70. unbelieverjb says: Dec 28, 2013 10:51 PM

    alskdh says:
    Dec 28, 2013 5:52 PM
    Best news since the announcement of Brady’s extension.
    Here’s to another long fruiti-Jets tenure.


    Pats fans everywhere.

    Tick Tock. That’s the Tom Brady clock ticking. He’s 36, won’t win the SB this year. He won’t win it at 37 next year, so you’re looking at a tired 38 year old Brady in 2 years with the Jets, Bills and Dolphins at the gates.


  71. fordmandalay says: Dec 28, 2013 10:54 PM

    Dear Jets; Please keep Rex Ryan as head coach. We love his style and what he brings to the team. -signed: the rest of the AFC East and all football bloggers and cable sports shows everywhere.

  72. thefiesty1 says: Dec 28, 2013 11:14 PM

    Sunday maybe, Monday not so much.

  73. coltzfan166 says: Dec 29, 2013 3:34 AM

    You have to be one hell of a coach to take a Mark Sanchez-led team to two AFC Championship teams.

  74. brenenostler says: Dec 29, 2013 3:35 AM

    Ryan would look as good as Belichick if he had Tom Brady as his QB

  75. mortyglickstein says: Dec 29, 2013 9:48 AM

    As as Giants fan lining in So Florida. I watch all the money spent and talent brought in for the Dolphins. However they aren’t much better then the Jets. Ryan is winking with a lot less. Remember as well, Geno was a second round pick, not a first.
    Not a Ryan fan but seems to be winning with a lot less then others. Hence Detroit.

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