The New York Jets are confident Rex Ryan was worth the wait. The Baltimore Ravens’ defensive coordinator was hired Monday as New York’s coach, three weeks after the Jets fired Eric Mangini following a late-season collapse. “We got the right man for the job,” owner Woody Johnson said in a statement.
It became apparent the 46-year-old Ryan was at the top of the Jets’ list of candidates when several other teams filled their coaching vacancies and New York’s remained open. The Jets needed Baltimore’s season to end — which happened Sunday with a 23-14 loss at Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game — before offering him the job.
Ryan, the son of former NFL coach Buddy Ryan, will be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J.
“It’s been a dream of mine to become a head coach in the NFL,” Ryan said in a statement. “Coming here to the New York Jets, where my father once coached and was part of the Super Bowl III staff, is fantastic. I look around at the facilities and the people they have in place and see a first-class organization. I’m just proud to be part of it.”
The Jets announced the hiring, but released no other details. The contract is for four years, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity earlier Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.
Ryan will become the 14th person to take over the Jets and try to repeat Weeb Ewbank’s 1969 Super Bowl III triumph. The first thing New York needs to do is find a quarterback. Bret Favre is no solution.
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