The atmosphere surrounding the tenure of Rex Ryan as head coach of the New York Jets has turned from negative to positive, enough so to suggest that he will be retained.

Ryan's support from first-year general manager John Idzik has been questioned, but the two have managed to build a better relationship than expected.

It is unclear, however, if Ryan will enter next season on the last year of his contract or whether the Jets will give him an extension.

Ryan would prefer an extension.