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Ravens' Ryan Hired as Jets' Coach

The New York Jets have hired Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan as their coach, an NFL source said.

The move had been expected after the Ravens lost Sunday's AFC title game in Pittsburgh.

Ryan agreed to a four-year contract worth close to $12 million, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The agreement likely will be announced today and Ryan is to be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday.

He succeeds Eric Mangini, who was fired after a season in which the Jets went 9-7 and unraveled late to miss the playoffs.

It's unclear if Brian Schottenheimer will be retained as the Jets' offensive coordinator. He also was a head coaching candidate and might have been the team's choice if the Ravens had won Sunday to reach the Super Bowl, which would have kept the Jets from being able to hire Ryan for another two weeks.

Ryan will have to wait and see if his new quarterback, Brett Favre, retires or decides to play another season.

By Mark Maske  |  January 19, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  | Category:  Coaching Carousel , Jets , Ravens Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Unless Mr. Favre makes his decision soon, he's essentially telling the team, and the new head coach, that they have to make plans for the draft and free agent signing not knowing what it is they have or that they need. It's not the same as their having an opportunity to sign someone who suddenly became available, or must fill a need because of things (injuries, etc) beyond anyone's control.

It's forcing planning, Brett Favre style, deja vu.

Posted by: Dungarees | January 19, 2009 12:09 PM

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