Rex Ryan is staying in New York.
"We're going to keep Rex Ryan, and he'll be our coach next year," Johnson said, also adding. "I couldn't be prouder of this team."
It's a major victory for Ryan, who coached the Jets to an 8-8 finish amid constant speculation about his job status. The lingering perception all year in Florham Park was that Rex wasn't John Idzik's choice to build around. The new general manager ultimately was won over by the play of a team that never gave up on its coach.
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that Ryan, with one year left on his contract, has an understanding with the team to work out an extension. Ryan wants it to be a long extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday, per a team source. There's still work to be done, Rapoport added, and the coach is due $3.3 million in 2014.
However, Rex was vague when asked by reporters about whether or not he'll have complete control over the fate of his coaching staff. Mehta noted that Jets assistants are "still in the dark about their futures."
Ryan's fifth season included some of his best work running New York's defense. A youthful line, led by Muhammad Wilkerson and rookie Sheldon Richardson, will be difficult to handle for years to come. Rex will continue to be the coach guiding them.