Jets name Ravens’ Ryan as new coach; Packers to hire Capers

Published 2:42 am Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The New York Jets reached an agreement with Rex Ryan to make the Baltimore defensive coordinator their head coach, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday.

The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the four-year deal was not yet finalized, said it was expected to be done in the next few days.

The 46-year-old Ryan replaces the fired Eric Mangini. Ryan takes over a team that started last season 8-3 but missed the playoffs with quarterback Brett Favre after losing four of its last five games.

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Ryan is expected to be formally introduced at a news conference Wednesday at the Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J.

Packers hire Capers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Mike McCarthy wants to take the Green Bay Packers defense in a new direction, and the coach believes Dom Capers is the right man for the renovation project.

McCarthy hired Capers as defensive coordinator Monday afternoon. He said the team will switch from a 4-3 defense, which utilizes four down linemen and three linebackers, to Capers’ specialty, the 3-4 defense, which uses three linemen and four linebackers.

A news conference with Capers was scheduled for Tuesday morning.

McGahee returns home

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens running back Willis McGahee returned to his Baltimore home Monday after spending the night in a Pittsburgh hospital recovering from a helmet-to-helment hit in the AFC championship game against the Steelers.

McGahee was carted from the field on a stretcher Sunday after colliding with Steelers safety Ryan Clark. The play occurred in the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s 23-14 victory.

Although he had significant neck pain, McGahee had movement in his arms and legs after the hit. He was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh and held overnight for observation.

McGahee was released early Monday morning and back in Baltimore home by early afternoon.