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Report: Jets front office only willing to give Rex Ryan a one-year extension
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – In the aftermath of their emotional win Sunday in Miami, a fired-up John Idzik pointed to Rex Ryan in the locker room and declared “This is our coach!” in front of the entire team.
But the front office’s faith in Ryan may only go so far. According to an NFL Network report, the Jets are only willing to extend the head coach’s contract for one more year.
Before the Jets’ 20-7 victory over the Dolphins, Idzik and owner Woody Johnson informed Ryan that he will remain with the team for the final year of his current contract, which expires at the end of the 2014 season. But it seems he won’t be getting the multi-year extension he, and his assistant coaches, were been hoping for.
Neither Ryan, Idzik nor Johnson would discuss the terms of the coach’s contract on Sunday. Ryan also declined to get into specifics during his weekly ESPN radio spot Monday, saying only that as an organization “we’re not going to comment on my contract or anybody else’s.”
An NFL executive told Newsday this weekend that Ryan was upset that several members of his coaching staff weren't granted extensions before the season. As a result, a handful of them, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman, assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar, are in the final year of their contracts. First-year secondary coach Tim McDonald was given a two-year deal in January.
Special-teams coordinator Ben Kotwica, who interviewed for the Army head-coaching gig last weekend but didn't get it, and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal also are said to be in the final year of their contracts. Linebackers coach Brian VanGorder was recently hired as Notre Dame’s new defensive coordinator.
“At the appropriate time, everything will be addressed,” Ryan said on air Monday, before adding: “I’m extremely proud of the job my coaches did. They’re outstanding.”
According to NFL Network, the Jets coach is “resigned” to being extended only through 2015 and will use his situation as motivation to get his team into the playoffs in 2014. Since making back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010, the Jets have had non-winning seasons each of the past three years.
“I wanted to be back coaching this football team,” Ryan said on ESPN radio. “You put so much into it – and not just me, all the coaches, all the players, everybody in this organization, puts a lot into it. And you want to have that shot. I want to win. I came here to win a championship, and certainly I haven’t gotten there. But that’s what drives me.”
Ryan and Idzik are scheduled to address reporters Tuesday morning at the team’s facility.