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Ryan Agrees to 4-Year Deal to Coach Jets

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From: The Baltimore Sun

Ryan, considered one of the top defensive coordinators in the league the last several seasons through his work with the Ravens, agreed to a four-year contract to coach the Jets, a league source confirmed.

“If I get the opportunity, that would be fantastic,” Ryan told a small group of reporters after the Ravens lost the AFC championship game to the Steelers.

Ryan’s deal is believed to be similar to the four-year $11.5 million contract Steve Spagnuolo received from the Rams over the weekend.

Spagnuolo accepted the Rams job Saturday, which some speculated opened the door for Ryan to land with the Jets. In truth, Ryan was likely to land in New York regardless of what happened with the former Giants defensive coordinator.

The outspoken Ryan floored a Jets contingent, which included owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum, in a five-hour interview in Baltimore last Sunday.

As Newsday reported Sunday, “According to a source familiar with the search, Ryan impressed the Jets — Johnson most notably — with his strong personality, detailed presentation and philosophy of aggressive defense.”

Ryan, who joined the Ravens in 1999 and became their defensive coordinator in 2005, was a finalist for the Baltimore head job last offseason that went to John Harbaugh. While disappointed, Ryan, also a finalist in Atlanta, didn’t look elsewhere. He signed a two-year extension to become Harbaugh’s defensive coordinator and in turn, Harbaugh made him the assistant head coach.

“I learned a ton,” Ryan said Sunday night of the added responsibilities this season. “I was blessed to be in this situation under John as the head coach, being around (offensive coordinator) Cam Cameron and a lot of the new guys who came in here. I certainly don’t have all the answers, but it was great. The way John treated me to be side-by-side in some of the head-coaching decisions was great for me. I think I’m more prepared to be a head coach now because of that.”

Ryan may take several Ravens coaches with him to New York, including linebackers coach Mike Pettine, who would become the Jets’ defensive coordinator.

Ryan also likes Ravens quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson, who would become the Jets’ offensive coordinator. The only problem is Jackson could have more than one offer.

Jackson was once the Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receivers coach and tutored Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer in college. Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis could be interested in Jackson becoming Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator.

Ryan is expected to be officially introduced Wednesday because of Tuesday’s Presidential Inauguration


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