The New York Jets missed the postseason for a third straight season, which led to many wondering whether or not head coach Rex Ryan would be hanging on to his job. The good news for Ryan and his supporters in the locker room is that the team announced he would be remaining the head coach, but his contract expires after next season and the team has no plan to extend him at this time.
That leaves Ryan as a lame duck coach heading in to next season, but that hasn’t hurt his confidence and he is still comfortable leading the team.
“I’m comfortable,” Ryan said, via the New York Daily News. “With me, I think just, I’m a guy that looks for opportunities. I have an opportunity right in front of me to coach the New York Jets. That, that’s all I need.
“Again guys, I think with me, I’m so excited about the future, I’m not different than our players or anybody else in this organization. I can’t wait to get going.”
If the Jets miss the postseason again in 2014, then Ryan will almost certainly be on the outs.
However, if he can get quarterback Geno Smith to improve and help the team turn in to a more respectable force in the NFL, then he could get a contract extension and remain on the team’s sidelines moving forward — which is exactly where he wants to be.