New York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced following Sunday’s win over the Dolphins that Rex Ryan will return as the team’s head coach in 2014.
“We’re going to keep Rex Ryan and he’s going to be our coach next year,” said Johnson, via Manish Mehta.
Johnson reportedly told Ryan that he would be back before today’s game and announced the news to the team following Sunday’s win.
Reports from earlier in the suggested that Ryan was likely to return, so this news isn’t all that shocking.
Ryan was able to lead an underwhelming roster to an 8-8 record. His coaching staff could see some changes, however. We’ll have more as the news is available.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that there are signs that point to Rex Ryan returning for another season as the New York Jets head coach.
Schefter cites a “well-placed NFL executive” who believes Ryan will return next season as “based on conversations he has had.”
A separate source told Schefter that the atmosphere surrounding Ryan’s status has gone from a negative situation to a positive one in recent weeks.
It’s worth noting that Schefter’s sources wouldn’t say if the team was likely to offer him an extension or just allow him to finish out his contract.
Schefter adds that Ryan and new GM John Idzik have surprisingly got along better than many expected, so there is at least a small chance that he could receive an extension at some point.
Just last week, there were reports that Ryan had told his player that he was expecting to be fired once the season was over, but that could have been a motivational technique from Ryan.
The Jets have already won more games than many expected them to and despite the obvious struggles of first-year quarterback Geno Smith.
We’ll have more regarding Ryan in the coming days.