After ensuring the boisterous Head Coach that he would be returning to lead the team into next season the New York Jets and Rex Ryan have agreed to three year contract extension worth approximately $3 million a year. Roughly the same amount as his current contract.
Before the extension the Jets coach had one year remaining on his deal, which would have covered him through the 2014 season, so this new deal provides an additional two years for Rex. It is very rare for NFL coaches to actually coach in the final year of a contract as “lame-duck” coaches, so once he was informed that he would be returning for the 2014 season it was simply a matter of time before the two parties would agree to something beyond 2014.
Rex certainly has a swagger about him that is uncommon amongst head coaches in the league. He is a loud-mouthed, opinionated, in your face personality who commands attention, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively, everywhere he goes. It may be unorthodox for a man in his position, but it is Rex’s style.
I think Ryan is deserving of this contract. He has performed extremely well as Jets head coach during his tenure. In my opinion every single season under Ryan the Jets have exceeded the expectations of the fans and the media, including this year where a team that some “experts” projected to be the worst team in the entire league finished 8-8 and remained in playoff contention until late in the season.
Rex has coached the Jets to a 42-38 record in his 5 years as head coach, including two AFC Championship appearances. Not a bad half decade of any coach, but Rex seems to have a certain stigma attached to him because of his personality which precludes people from giving him the credit he deserves.