After the New York Jets beat the Miami Dolphins 20-7 on Sunday afternoon, owner Woody Johnson announced that Rex Ryan will be the Jets’ head coach next year. There has been no word of an extension, but Ryan will be coaching the Jets next season. This is a great move for the team.
The Jets were picked by every “expert” to be the worst team in the NFL this season, and they responded by finishing the season 8-and-8 with a handful of shocking victories. Ryan found a way to get his troops to play over the last couple of weeks after the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention.
Now that it is official that Ryan will be back, general manager John Idzik has to make some changes to the offensive personnel that the Jets have. They need more weapons for young quarterback Geno Smith. The defense will be fine as long as Ryan is the coach, but the offense needs a lot of work.
This is the right move for the Jets. They need to bring back Marty Mornhinweg as the offensive coordinator to give Smith some continuity. That was one of the bigger problems the Jets faced when Mark Sanchez was the quarterback; they changed the offensive coordinator too much and there was no continuity.
The Jets shocked everyone by finishing the season with eight wins. Johnson and Idzik saw what most other people saw and made a smart choice bringing Ryan back. Now that he is back, the work must start for next season.