Sports gambling handicappers are high on the Jets chances for 2010 and head coach Rex Ryan is a big reason for the online sports gambling optimism.
In his rookie season as a head coach last year, Ryan led the Jets all the way to the AFC Championship game despite playing with a rookie quarterback and as a wild card team on the road.
Ryan installed an old school formula for success with the Jets last year based on a power running game and a brutal defense. The Jets brass was impressed enough with the results as well as the buzz surrounding the team that it has decided to extend Ryan with a deal that will take him through the 2014 season.
General Manager Mike Tannenbaum was also rewarded with a new 5-year deal.
It is rare in the NFL for a coach to get an extension after just one year on the job but the football betting results that Ryan produced as a rookie head coach are also rare. Owner Woody Johnson obviously wanted to keep the positive vibes coming as training camp opened.
“Our franchise is heading in the right direction and I believe that continuity is important,” said Johnson. “Mike and Rex have demonstrated the passion, commitment, and expertise to get us to our ultimate goal: winning a Super Bowl.”
Ryan made his reputation in the NFL as the defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore consistently had one of the best defenses in the league under his leadership from 1999-2008 and was the main factor in the Ravens 2000 Super Bowl winning season.
The Jets are a hot commodity right now with the NFL preseason odds but will need improved play from second year quarterback Mark Sanchez, who struggled as a rookie.
“Do we expect to go to the Super Bowl? We better, absolutely,” said Sanchez. “That’s our goal.”
Cornerback Antonio Cromartie voiced a similar sentiment.
“We feel this year is Super Bowl or best,” said Cromartie.
The Ryan-Tannenbaum partnership is something of an odd couple production but is becoming one of the most effective in sports gambling.
“I have a great general manager that balances me out,” said Ryan. “He has so much attention to detail. He’s perfect, he’s right there for me.”