NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Sack that “lame duck” label!
The New York Jets and head coach Rex Ryan have agreed on a multi-year contract extension, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Ryan was lauded for leading this year’s team to an 8-8 record despite many in the media predicting they’d be among the NFL’s worst clubs.
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.
He was entering the sixth and final year of his original contract.
Several Jets players voiced their support for Ryan prior to the season finaleE. After beating the Miami Dolphins, team owner Woody Johnson announced the coach would be coming back — and the locker room erupted.
“I hired Rex Ryan in January of 2009 for many reasons, but one of his strengths really stands out,” team owner Woody Johnson later said in an email to season-ticket holders. “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.”