New York Jets Sign Coach Rex Ryan to Extension

May Alexander


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With one year left on his existing contract, the current New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan is staying through at least 2016. Although the deal appears complex in nature, offering very little security for the coach who is 42-38 in five seasons. Sadly, that is the second-highest winning percentage in Jets history, which does not say a lot for the organization’s winning.

The Jets have missed the playoffs for the past three years, ending the season at .500, with eight wins and eight losses. Although the Jets have seen worse days, their fans are still hopeful for more than a win every other weekend. While the Jets were 6-8 near the end of the season, it almost seems a forgone conclusion that Coach Ryan would lose his job, but he somehow managed to talk his way back for the balance of his contract, which was stationed at a single year until the extended contract negotiation was reached yesterday.

Last year the Jets saw the departure of the General Manager Mike Tannebaum, Offensive Coordinator Tony Sparano, and the retirement of their beloved Special Teams Coach, Mike Westhoff. It seemed as if Coach Ryan was getting one more chance to right the ship before waving goodbye at the end of the season, by somehow Jets’ owner Woody Johnson simply cannot let go.

Riding on the arm of a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith this season, who threw 12 touchdowns and 21 interceptions in his first year with the team, delivering an eight and eight record seemed almost blissful for Jets fans, and maybe that’s what keeps Mr. Johnson’s flame lit for the beleaguered coach. Only time will tell. 2016 is right around the corner.

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