Rex Ryan’s plans for 2014: ‘Kick Butt’
With a rookie quarterback taking over, the New York Jets were projected to struggle during the 2013 season. Instead, the Jets were in the playoff hunt until the end and finished the season at 8-8. After exceeding expectations this season, the front office extended Ryan through the 2016 season on Friday.
With a new extension, what is Ryan expecting for 2014? He plans on kicking butt.
“My mentality is never going to change,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I plan on kicking some butt. I just want to be a part of this team. This is where I want to coach.”
Never shy about making promises, Ryan also says he plans on making the playoffs in 2014.
“I want to make the playoffs. Period. That’s all I think about,” Ryan said. “Whether you make it or not make it — there’s no guarantee how many wins we have to get — I can just tell you this: We want to make the playoffs. We want to be in there. It’s a disappointing season if you don’t make the playoffs. That’s three years in a row that we haven’t made the playoffs. So, heck, do I have to make [the playoffs]? I don’t know.”
Ryan and the Jets will have to fix the problems of quarterback Geno Smith and find some sort of a run game if they expect to make the playoffs in 2014.
Playing in the AFC East can be tough, but the Jets finished 3-3 in the division and have shown this season they should not be underestimated.