Saturday, January 18, 2014
Rex Ryan's coaching staff falling into place
By Rich Cimini
When Rex Ryan resolved his contract situation Thursday, it triggered a domino effect.
Assistant head coach Anthony Lynn, who coaches the running backs, has reached a deal to return, league sources said Saturday. Lynn's previous contract was expiring. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar also have expiring contracts, but their return is expected as well. It's believed they may have already signed new contracts.
This is good news for the Jets, who will have coaching staff continuity for the most part. They lost special-teams coach Ben Kotwica (Washington Redskins) and linebackers coach Brian VanGorder (Notre Dame), but most of Ryan's staff will remain intact. That includes offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Dunbar was a must-keep for the Jets, considering the enormous promise of the young defensive line.
ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. reported Friday that the Jets requested permission from the Redskins to speak with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, but were denied. It's unclear how -- or if -- that may have impacted Thurman.
The Jets still have at least two assistants with expiring contracts -- offensive line coach Mike Devlin and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal. The expectation is they're likely to return.