Jets feel 'pure joy' with Rex returning

In only his first season in the NFL, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has become a huge fan of head coach Rex Ryan.

I guess Rex Ryan's not the only one who's happy that he's keeping his job. After owner Woody Johnson announced Ryan would lead the Jets in 2014 there was an outpouring of support from his players and coaches; most notably rookie quarterback Geno Smith.

"When we found out, it was pure joy in the locker room," said Smith of having Ryan back. "We were all happy for him and also selfishly, I'm happy to have my coach back because we really enjoy playing for him and we just look forward to the future here."

Ryan's Jets went 8-8 this season, after NFL experts picked them to finish with the league's worst record and referred to them as a "glorified expansion team." Even through the good times and bad in 2013, Smith reflected on the camaraderie and rapport he developed with his teammates.

"Well, we've always remained positive and I think it's because we're a close knit group. We all really love one another, really enjoy one another and when we were eliminated from the playoffs it really hurt us, but we took it upon ourselves to make sure that these last two games didn't go in vain. We worked extremely hard, we got better and we came out with the right mindset."

With Ryan and Geno back in the fold for 2014, the coaching quarterback duo have grown close over their first season together.

"Rex is a really great coach, a hardworking guy," admitted Smith. "We have some similar characteristics, so we hit it off there. Just to be able to play for a guy like Rex, to be able to be under a staff like this means a lot to me because I know how hard they work. I know how much time and effort they put into this, we just want to repay them as players by playing well on Sundays."

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