NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Rex Ryan may get an extension from the New York Jets. But it won’t be of the long-term variety, according to Ian Rapoport and Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network.
The team isn’t willing to go above a one-year extension for Ryan, who is currently under contract through 2014, Rapoport reported Monday via Twitter.
Ryan is 42-38 in five seasons with the Jets and 4-2 in the postseason. He started his tenure with consecutive AFC Championship game appearances but has missed the playoffs in three straight years.
General manager John Idzik wouldn’t comment on contract talks with his coach during Tuesday’s season-ending press conference:
Ryan was told he’d be retained as head coach before Sunday’s win at Miami, which topped off an 8-8 finish for a 2013 squad that many predicted would be among the worst in football. Oh, and they did it with a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith.
“I’m comfortable,” Ryan said about his current deal. “I’m a guy that looks for opportunities. I have an opportunity right in front of me to coach the New York Jets. That’s all I need.”
Several Jets players voiced their support for Ryan prior to the season finale. After beating the Dolphins, team owner Woody Johnson announced the coach would be coming back — and the locker room erupted.
“This is our coach,” a fired-up Idzik told the team. “This is our coach!”
The comments from Johnson and Idzik could be seen in a video of the postgame celebration published to the team’s official website. In the clip, Ryan appeared teary-eyed as his players celebrated.
“Obviously, one of the first steps in moving forward is making a decision about our Head Coach,” Johnson said in an email Sunday to season-ticket holders. “I hired Rex Ryan in January of 2009 for many reasons, but one of his strengths really stands out. Rex has more passion than anyone I have ever met. Passion for the Jets. Passion for teaching and motivating his players and coaches. Passion for winning. Like any NFL Head Coach, he’s had ups and downs, but Rex has been a tremendous leader of this football team.”
The Jets have similar decisions to make for many key members of Ryan’s coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica, whose contracts are set to expire.
“I think we all know how I feel about Dennis and all that,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I think Dennis has done a great job along with all the other coaches. I think it’ll be pretty clear of what the Jets think our coaches here in the next few days.”
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