NEW YORK -- The New York Jets have signed coach Rex Ryan to a contract extension, removing the lame duck label and keeping him with the franchise for at least the next two years.
Ryan, who had one year remaining on his contract, was retained by owner Woody Johnson for next season after his job appeared in jeopardy. Expectations were extremely low outside the team entering this season, but Ryan led the Jets to a surprising 8-8 finish that had players and fans clamoring for Johnson and general manager John Idzik to keep the coach.
Ryan was rewarded Thursday with the extension, removing the specter of him heading into next season without a contract beyond 2014. Ryan is 42-38 in the regular season over five years, and 4-2 in the postseason.
Bengals promote Guenther to DC
CINCINNATI -- The Bengals promoted linebackers coach Paul Guenther to defensive coordinator on Thursday, keeping continuity for a unit that finished No. 3 in the NFL last season.
Guenther was promoted a day after the Minnesota Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach.
It's the second time in two weeks that Cincinnati has replaced a coordinator with an in-house candidate. They elevated running backs coach Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator after Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins as head coach.
"It's a very unique situation," coach Marvin Lewis said.
The Bengals are the first team since the 2006 San Diego Chargers to lose both coordinators to head coaching jobs elsewhere, according to STATS LLC.
Guenther has spent nine seasons on Cincinnati's coach staff, the last two with the linebackers. By promoting from within for both coordinator jobs, the Bengals can maintain continuity in their offensive and defensive systems.
"We're not having to start anything from scratch that way," Lewis said.