Jets owner makes announcement on Sunday after win over Dolphins.
The New York Jets have announced that they will retain the services of current head coach Rex Ryan in 2014 despite failing to make the playoffs.
Owner Woody Johnson made the announcement after their 20-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, although he refused to discuss the details of Ryan’s contract which had reportedly been worth around $3m per year.
The Jets finished 8-8 for the season, but they exceeded expectations with a young roster which included rookie quarterback Geno Smith, and the management are confident that Ryan is the right man to continue to improve them.
In five seasons with the franchise, Ryan is 42-38 which is the second highest winning percentage in Jets history, while he also owns the franchise record with four post-season wins.
Nevertheless, there had been speculation during the season that his time in New York may have been drawing to a close, but that has now been dismissed.
“I’m a competent coach even though I know that will be questioned a zillion times forward and backward,” Ryan said recently, as reported by ESPN. “That’s fine, but I know I’m a good football coach.”
While Ryan’s future now looks to have been resolved, it is understood that at least seven coaching assistants have expiring contracts, and therefore it promises to be a busy summer for the Jets as they either look to renew or recruit.
It remains to be seen what moves the front office also make in terms of the roster too, as ultimately Ryan will look to continue the development of his young stars while hoping to add experienced options.