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Ryan will return to pilot Jets in 2014

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The postgame cheer from inside the New York Jets’ locker room could be heard in the stadium.

The reason for the roar: The Jets were keeping their coach.

Shortly after Sunday’s 20-7 victory over Miami to conclude an 8-8 season, Jets owner Woody Johnson told the team that Rex Ryan would return for a sixth season in 2014.

“Everyone in the locker room was ecstatic,” quarterback Geno Smith said. “It felt as if you won the Super Bowl. Having our head coach back, a guy we enjoy playing for, it’s great.”

Ryan was given the news before the game. He’s 42-38 in the regular season with the Jets, and his future had been in doubt even though he’s popular with players, has a 4-2 postseason record and has a year left on his contract.