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Rex Ryan to Re-Take Over Defensive Playcalling for the New York Jets

By Alan Schechter

March 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

In a year that may very well be a lame-duck season for the head coach of the Jets, Rex Ryan is going back to what he does best.

The coach told reporters from the New York Daily News from the league meetings that he will be calling all of the defensive plays in 2013.  New defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman will be involved in the process, however, Rex will be the guy, as he said here:

Dennis and I worked side-by-side with each other literally for years now,” Ryan told The News at the league meetings on Tuesday. “It’s something that we talked about and we want to do. I want Dennis to just be totally involved like he always is, but I’ll make the calls (and have) the final say on the calls. But again, the process will be very similar.”

This really is no surprise, when Rex took over the head coaching job in 2009, he handled the play calling himself, before gradually giving the reigns over to Mike Pettine.

Any coach with a background on one side of the football as strong as Rex’s is going to enjoy calling the plays. If Rex is around past 2013, he likely will gradually hand the job over to Dennis as well.