And just like that, New York Jets coach, Rex Ryan is off the hot seat. Ryan’s job appeared to be in danger late in the season as the losses piled up, but weeks after confirming the fiery would return for the last year of his contract, owner Woody Johnson signed Ryan to contract extension Thursday. It should be noted that coaches get fired all the time in the middle of their contracts, but this appears to be sort of a good faith move by not having Ryan deal with being label a lame-duck coach heading into next season.
The extension doesn’t offer as much security though, as it’s based heavily on incentives for postseason victories. There’s also that fine print which states the deal isn’t fully guaranteed after next year, meaning the Jets could fire Ryan without having to eat a huge amount of money.
Rex Ryan is 42-38 in five seasons, and has the second-highest winning percentage in Jets history. He also holds the franchise record with four postseason wins. But the Jets have missed the playoffs three consecutive years, and are 22-26 since their last playoff win.