Rex Ryan saved his job down the stretch of the New York Jets' 8-8 season. Now he doesn't have to go into a lame-duck season in 2014.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Ryan and the Jets have agreed to a multi-year extension that will push his contract beyond next year. Considering the Jets' lack of offensive talent and the fact that the Jets were outscored by 97 points, last season was considered one of Ryan's better coaching jobs.
Jets and head coach Rex Ryan have reached agreement on a multi-year extension, according to team and league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 16, 2014
But it's not clear from the report how many years were added, and Ryan still must produce. This is a common tactic with coaches heading into the final year of their deal: The team will add at least one year to a contract to avoid excess talk about the coach and his staff being on the hot seat.
With Ryan, however, that talk will happen no matter what. He's a bombastic coach in the biggest city in the country on a team that has faded from contention the past few seasons. Ryan needs wins, and perhaps a playoff appearance next season, to ensure that 2014 is not his final one with the Jets — no matter what his new contract stipulates.
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