The coach and general manager presented a united front, convinced things are heading in the right direction as tag-team partners.
Ryan, who has one year left on his deal, was retained by owner Woody Johnson for next season after his job appeared in jeopardy. It had been speculated that Idzik could want to hire a coach of his choice this offseason, but the two gushed about their working relationship.
Ryan said he’s “comfortable” with his current contract, although the coach and GM would not address questions about whether an extension is in the works. It is believed the team would like to give only a one-year extension, while Ryan would like a longer-term commitment.
“We have a lot of similarities and maybe it’s because we’re from similar backgrounds, the same generation of football,” Idzik said. “But more than that, when you’re working that closely with somebody, he just makes it fun.
“Rex, you make it fun.”
There weren’t many clear, definitive answers given by Idzik or Ryan about the future of the franchise, and there were no Super Bowl guarantees, as Ryan made when he was first hired in 2009. But both Idzik and Ryan made it clear that they expect good things for the franchise.
“We don’t put timelines on anything, but I can say this: Every season we lineup, that’s our goal,” Idzik said. “Our goal is to get there. Our goal is to win our division. Our goal is to play in the postseason. Our goal is bringing the prize home for our Jets fans, for New York and New Jersey and everyone that’s behind us.”
Whether Geno Smith is the quarterback to take the Jets to that next level remains to be seen. The two would not commit to Smith as the starter heading into next season, but were encouraged by his strong finish to his rookie season.
Smith had just 12 touchdowns and a whopping 21 interceptions and four lost fumbles. But in his last four games, Smith threw for 790 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions with three victories.