Unless Rex Ryan pulls a page out of Bill Belichick’s book and decides to scribble his intentions to resign at his own news conference, Ryan will be the Jets’ head coach in 2009. Owner Woody Johnson and general manager Mike Tannenbaum confirmed the hiring today in a team statement and announced that Ryan will be introduced during a 10 a.m. press conference on Wednesday.

Ryan’s contract with the Jets is believed to be for four years and between $11-12 million.

“I’d like to thank Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ryan said in a team statement. “It’s been a dream of mine to become a head coach in the NFL. Coming here to the New York Jets, where my father once coached and was part of the Super Bowl III staff, is fantastic. I look around at the facilities and the people they have in place and see a first-class organization. I’m just proud to be part of it.”

Johnson on the Ryan hiring:

“Rex is revered by his players and respected by his peers around the NFL for his innovative schemes. There is no doubt in my mind that Rex has the expertise and instincts to build on the foundation that we have in place and take this franchise to the ranks of the NFL’s elite. He will bring an agressive, physical brand of football that will captivate our fans and ignite their passion. I appreciate Mike Tannenbaum and all those involved for the time and energy invested during this search. Thanks to their efforts, we got the right man for the job.”

Tannenbaum on the Ryan hiring:

“During our search, we were looking for a great football mind and a passionate leader. Rex is a coach with an established track record who is universally respected by players and coaches for his skills as a communicator and his creativity.

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