Rex Ryan will be back in 2014 – owner Woody Johnson and General Manager John Idzik announced it as so immediately after the Jets 20-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins, ending a year of questions.
“This is the start of something really big for the New York Jets.” — Woody Johnson
After going 3-1 in December following a midseason slump, the Jets finished on a high note with embattled draft picks Geno Smith and Dee Milliner playing strong. Smith led two touchdown drives, getting one in himself on a powerful run (and some help from Bilal Powell), and Milliner stepped up with a 2013-defining two interception game to finish off the Dolphins playoff dreams.
Idzik called Rex a “leader, motivator, teacher and heck of a coach,” and his players sure put it all out on the field for him. The effort could not be missed, especially with Sheldon Richardson getting his second touchdown of the season on a short goal line run.
With the turmoil gone, now Rex Ryan and John Idzik won’t be able to settle for just 8-8 next season. The playoffs and a return to Super Bowl dreaming will be the goal again for Gang Green in 2014.
NYJets.com has put up the video of Rex finding out he was going to continue as Jets coach. It’s a hell of a moment.