We have all known for a couple of weeks that New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan will be back for next year. The next question was if he would get an extension past next season, and now we know the answer to that as well.
The Jets are making a real smart choice giving Ryan a multiyear deal. For starters, it eliminates the possibility of Ryan being a lame duck coach next season. It also gives Ryan the chance to grow with a team that overachieved last season. The players all love Ryan and wanted him to come back.
As of now, the details of the contract are not known. It could be that owner Woody Johnson just gave him a two-year extension or a four-year extension, but right now those details have not been released.
The Jets were 8-8 this season after being picked to be the worst team in the NFL. Some “experts” called them a glorified expansion team, but Ryan did an amazing job with limited talent and found a way to get eight wins. Now that the team has shown progress the expectations will rise next year. The Jets will be expected to compete for the division and possibly become a playoff team.
Ryan hasn’t made the playoffs since his second season as Jets head coach, but last season was his most impressive coaching job. The Jets made a smart move in giving the coach a multiyear extension. Now the ball is in Ryan’s court, and he must find a way to take the next step.