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Jets announce Rex Ryan will be back

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The Jets have emerged from the trio of also-rans in the NFC East to finish second in the division, with an unlikely 8-8 record.

And that’s been good enough to keep Rex Ryan on the job.

Owner Woody Johnson announced after Sunday’s season-ending win in Miami that Rex Ryan will return to the team in 2014.

It remains unknown whether Ryan will be coaching under the final year of his current contract or receiving an extension.  While some coaches have worked as lame ducks (e.g., Mike Tice with the Vikings in 2005, Marvin Lewis with the Bengals in 2010, John Fox with the Panthers in 2010), it would be hard for the Jets and Ryan to get through a season in which Ryan’s contract will expire upon conclusion of the Week 17 season.

Regardless, Rex will be the coach entering 2014.  And that’s something that appeared to be inconceivable in late August.

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45 Responses to “Jets announce Rex Ryan will be back”
  1. kash71 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    I bet they made this decision after they found out that the Giants weren’t firing Coughlin.

  2. nyjalleffingday says: Dec 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    Congratulations Rexy, you earned it!

    J! E! T! S! JETS! JETS! JETS!

  3. buffalotexan says: Dec 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    As a Bills fan, let me say…… Thank you Jets!

  4. therealraider says: Dec 29, 2013 4:34 PM

    Rex is a good coach, If Favre had hung on for 1 more year instead of parlaying his way to Minnesota he probably would have a ring also.

  5. tubbman27 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    Good, the NFL needs entertaining blowhards like him. Get this man a real offensive coordinator.

  6. monropoobah says: Dec 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    i think that’s gonna be a good thing. now let’s see what idzik can do.

  7. rubenxx7 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:36 PM

    one more and done. who cares about another 8-8 team next year. jokes on you ny!

  8. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 29, 2013 4:37 PM

    Now go get a real QB.

  9. omegalh says: Dec 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    It’d be nice if his QB played with an 80+ passer rating for one season. Is it him or the QB?

  10. flash1283 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    Nice another season of the ring leader and his circus.

    Enjoy fighting it out with the fish for second place!

  11. mattolikesthevikes says: Dec 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    hooray from all of the other 31 teams in the NFL. keep the circus there

  12. meatcarroll says: Dec 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    Is he going to celebrate by guaranteeing a Superb Owl win again?

  13. jw1991 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    Looks like woody johnson read all his Instagram and twitter comments asking to #keeprex.

  14. 6ball says: Dec 29, 2013 4:40 PM

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    Put the entire Jets roster on waivers and only 5 players would be claimed.

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  15. tellemallrex says: Dec 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    Makes sense give him and Morniweg a chance to build something.

  16. ryann252013 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:42 PM

    Good for Rex Ryan! These last two weeks proved who the head coach of the NEW YORK EFFIN JETS should be. Nobody out there could coach this team to 8 wins or even 5. Rex Ryan has really come along as a coach his game plan has improved and he’s still a players coach that the players absolutely love and it seems like he’s finally learning how to develop a QB and keeping him confident. Let’s not forget the guys got a heck of a sense of humor and gives the NFL a much needed brightness.

    loads of cap space, a boat load of draft picks and Rex Ryan in 2014. WATCH OUT! GO JETS!

  17. umrao1 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    Not a Jets Fan…. But Rex has 9 lives honestly. Smartest move they made was not having Dirty Sanchez playing this year.

  18. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    NFC East?!?

  19. ianijm says: Dec 29, 2013 4:56 PM

    Wasn’t aware the Jets had moved to the NFC …..

  20. flamethrower101 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:57 PM

    This Jets team had zero talent and there was so much controversy at the QB position (again) I was shocked Rex wasn’t fired mid-season. I was also shocked that the team played as well as they did.

    Sure 8-8 is disappointing and 3 straight playoffless seasons is unacceptable, but Rex did far more with less than anyone could have reasonably expected. He deserves a lot of credit for not only making this team respectable but also for not losing his clubhouse. Like Mike Greenberg said on Twitter, “Had the Jets fired him, it would’ve been an absolute joke.”

  21. Wisconsin77 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:04 PM

    I love it, another season of watching the train-wreck known as the Jets.

  22. yevrag3535 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:10 PM

    Great, they will continue to stink!

  23. mianfr says: Dec 29, 2013 5:15 PM

    Jet fans love him and the other 31 teams love that he coaches the Jets. The rare win-win in the NFL.

  24. vincentbojackson says: Dec 29, 2013 5:16 PM

    Please tell me I didn’t just watch the Jets break out the Gatorade shower for a coach that directed them to an 8-8 season.

    Just when we thought the Jets couldn’t lower the bar any further.

  25. osyrus1971 says: Dec 29, 2013 5:20 PM

    As a pats fan, this makes me very happy. Embrace mediocrity jets fans. Couldn’t happen to a classier group.

  26. redskinsroost says: Dec 29, 2013 5:23 PM

    In response, Las Vegas just posted the #Jets 2014 Super Bowl odds, and they are worse than Mega Millions.

  27. vanmorrissey says: Dec 29, 2013 5:24 PM

    Where’s Manesh Mehta now after blowing off his mouth calling for Ryan’s head during the preseason and all the media were interviewing for saying so? Right, .know-it-all’s, go back to the Hobbit Holes where you belong. Shows you how much you know.

  28. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Dec 29, 2013 5:29 PM

    Hooray! The Big Top will keep its tent up for another season!!!

  29. 1rockyracoon says: Dec 29, 2013 5:31 PM

    3 straight years out of the playoffs. Yeah, keep doing the same thing.

  30. waynefontes says: Dec 29, 2013 5:32 PM

    Love him or hate him, the NFL is far more entertaining with Rex Ryan as the coach of the Jets.

  31. bleedrangerblue says: Dec 29, 2013 5:50 PM

    Look stop hating. All I want is Santonio Holmes gone. What a waste. Please please draft offense pleeeeesse!

  32. dpdonny says: Dec 29, 2013 5:56 PM

    His team played for him. Good players want to play for him. He’s matured to some extent. He earned it IMO.

    Rex is not the NYJs problem. Their problem is Mark Sanchez is the best QB on their team.

    Disclaimer: Not a Jets fan in any way, shape, or form.

  33. lrjets says: Dec 29, 2013 6:11 PM

    buffalotexan says:
    Dec 29, 2013 4:33 PM
    As a Bills fan, let me say…… Thank you Jets!
    __________________________

    Believe me, you still wouldn’t have won a playoff game this century if Lombardi was your coach.

    Billls fan from Texas?

    Oh wait…..Cowboys, Texans….oh now I see!

    Suggestion: attend more rodeos.

  34. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 29, 2013 6:29 PM

    I think the guy is a good coach to be honest. Sanchez/Smith product has tarnished his reputation a little but his players play HARD for him. That should count for a lot.

  35. fordmandalay says: Dec 29, 2013 6:31 PM

    Oh this makes me so happy, I loved laughing at the Jest circus this year and this means the fun is gonna continue!

  36. dlk47823 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:35 PM

    Wow- The Jets are so bad….that…wait…there’s 17 teams worse then them?

  37. cwk22 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:47 PM

    Good win for Rex. He did a lot with a poor offense. An unexpected win record for the season.
    As usual my Dolphins disappoint me. Which is not unexpected.

  38. thedudabides says: Dec 29, 2013 8:26 PM

    Love all the people who clearly don’t watch Jets games. Circus? This was the least ‘circus’ year that they had in the last 5. They had a top defense AGAIN, and an offense that is expected with a rookie QB. They finished one game behind a playoff spot, and came into the season ranked dead last. Rex is a very good coach, and has matured as a coach over the last 2 years. Anyone who thinks differently just goes along with what everyone else says. Bunch of cap room and 11 draft picks, should be easy to build off an 8-8 record.

  39. weepingjebus says: Dec 29, 2013 10:13 PM

    Called it. I said all year that Rex would somehow find a way to play the Jets out of the playoffs, then turn around and win out to 8-8 to end on a “high note.” Now all that is left is Mark Sanchez back in the saddle with a 6 year contract extension. Don’t hate me, I’m just an oracle for the gods of football comedy.

  40. marcelocean says: Dec 29, 2013 11:37 PM

    The NFL is a joke. Players play hard when they individually feel have something to play for. Or are well coached, meaning the coaches know how to instill pride in the players towards the organization that writes their paychecks.

    If you’ve seen many Pro-Bowls it’s the same, but so much more obvious. The Pro Bowl is a circus, and players do not play hard because they (understandably) do not want to suffer career ending injuries. It’s like a flag football game where the only players working are the QB’s, WR’s, and special teams.

    As I get older it’s so easy to see through all the hoopla the NFL is.

    This is why teams like the Dolphins can beat a super well coached team like the Patriots and lose to inferior teams like the J E T S. Today the JETS played hard for a few reasons, their head coach’s job, wanted to play spoiler to the fins, so what I’m trying to say is today the NFL players of the Jets played well because they wanted to, not because they had to.

    On the other hand, it was very visible the Dolphins had no fuel to go to war today. It seemed like making the playoffs was not important to most of them, only to some of the players.

    So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that any given Sunday the team that plays with intensity has be best chance of winning.

  41. chinahand11 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:27 AM

    Get’em Rex!

  42. micknangold says: Dec 30, 2013 1:54 AM

    As a Bills fan, let me say…… Thank you Jets!

    Yeah, Rex being the head coach of the Jets has really been a boon for the Bills.

    By the way, if you’re still calling the Jets a circus you’re a troll or you haven’t watched a Jets game all year. Fact.

  43. cubb1 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:47 AM

    The best news that I’ve heard all day. That ensures the Jets will be irrelevant for at least 1 more year.

  44. witchrunner says: Dec 30, 2013 8:55 AM

    I do believe that Johnson must have a fear of success. That’s the only explanation I can think of to keep Ryan.

  45. kev86 says: Dec 30, 2013 11:51 AM

    Rex fits the Jets. They are good entertainment together. I doubt they ever win a SB – That would be a shock.

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