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Rex Ryan Will Return As Jets Coach Next Season, Just As He Should

Rex Ryan will returns as Jets coach next year. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
New York Jets owner Woody Johnson announced after the team's victory over the Miami Dolphins in the season finale that head coach Rex Ryan would return in 2014. Ryan led a team many thought wouldn't win four games this season to an 8-8 record. The Jets finished the year with two straight wins, including a 20-7 victory over a Dolphins team that was playing for their postseason lives.

The Jets finished in second place in the AFC East.

Ryan will coach the Jets for his sixth season next year. It's the right call for this organization moving forward, especially considering the fans' outcry of support for Ryan. Johnson and general manager John Idzik wouldn't say whether or not Ryan will get a contract extension, however.

Johnson told the players in the locker room after the game that Ryan would be back and the players responded by celebrating, "as if we just won the Super Bowl," quarterback Geno Smith said.

Ryan did a terrific job winning eight games with a team that is completely void of legitimate talent, especially on offense. The Jets didn't have a single Pro Bowl player this season. No one on offense was even in the conversation. The offense has no playmakers, with a rookie quarterback and a wide receiver group that has to be the league's worst. Yet, somehow, this Jets team ended the season with an 8-8 record and finished in second place in the AFC East.


Ryan shouldn't keep his job based on that record alone. He's the right person to lead this organization into the future. Ryan can coach, and anyone who says differently just doesn't understand football. He coached his way to two AFC championship games his first two years with the Jets. More importantly, he's a defensive mastermind and an even better motivator. If Ryan was fired, he would be out of work for a second. He might get a head coaching job, but if not, he'd be the most sought after defensive coordinator in a long time.

The Jets and their fans won't have to worry about finding a new coach this offseason, however, as Ryan will be back, giving the organization stability. This Jets team can be extremely good next season, now Ryan will get the chance, perhaps a final one, to prove he can get this team back into the postseason.

Read more about our thoughts on Ryan as a head coach right here.

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