New York Jets sign Rex Ryan to a contract extension

Rex Ryan has apparently earned a contract extension

1/16/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Dec 29, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan walks the sideline during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsAt various points in the season, many were wondering whether or not Rex Ryan's job was safe as the head coach of the New York Jets.

Apparently it's VERY safe, as the Jets have reached an agreement on a contract extension with their coach, paying him $3 million per year through at least 2016.

This is a bit of a surprise for a coach who has a 42-38 record as head coach, including a 22-26 record and zero playoff appearances over the past 3 seasons.

That having been said, getting the Jets to 8-8 this year seems like quite an accomplishment. They're far from the most talented team in the league, and many projected them to be among the league's worst.

The fact that they made it all the way to 8-8 and almost made the playoffs is a testament to… well, something. Is it a result of Ryan coaching the team to success? Is it a result of players banding together in spite of him?

Most people would probably agree that Ryan is at least a competent coach. This extension affirms the Jets' opinion of him, and makes it clear that they're willing to give him some time to develop young QB Geno Smith and they want to see what he can do with this team.

We'll see if he can make it worth their while.
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