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Friday, July 30, 2010
Jets link Tannenbaum, Ryan through 2014


The New York Jets are the NFL's most entertaining organization because of general manager Mike Tannenbaum and head coach Rex Ryan.

Unless they turn against each other or fall out of favor with owner Woody Johnson in a dramatic way, the rest of the AFC East will have to deal with them for at least another five seasons.

The Jets announced Friday that they signed Tannenbaum and Ryan to contract extensions through 2014.

"Our franchise is heading in the right direction, and I believe that continuity is important," Johnson said in a statement released by the club. "Mike and Rex have demonstrated the passion, commitment and expertise to get us to our ultimate goal -- winning a Super Bowl."

Tannenbaum signed his deal in June. It's believed Johnson added two years to Ryan's contract after just one season simply because so his GM and coach would have contracts that expired at the same time.

Tannenbaum and Ryan bring joy to Jets supporters. While fans of other teams beg their front offices to swing one big move, Tannenbaum already has made four. He solidified his reputation as an intrepid manager with a series of high-profile acquisitions this offseason.

Ryan is the clown prince of football, but he's no joke as a head coach, taking the Jets to the AFC Championship game in his first season. Whether you love his act or you find it grating, he has helped make the Jets compelling again.