Rex Ryan believes he's still right man for Jets

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm •  Published: December 16, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Rex Ryan's tenure as coach of the New York Jets could be in its final weeks.

Keep Rex or Fire Rex? Well, that depends on who you ask.

There's one guy, though, who thinks the Jets already have the right man to lead them beyond this season.

"Of course, I believe it," Ryan said Monday. "No question, I believe it. There's no doubt, but again I'd rather get out of this press conference and go to work. That's how I feel about it."

Fans and media have taken to sports talk radio and social media with a mixed bag of opinions ranging from wanting to see Ryan get a contract extension to hoping for a coaching staff shake-up.

The Jets (6-8) clinched a third straight non-winning season — their first such stretch since 1994-96 — with a 30-20 loss at Carolina on Sunday, and were eliminated from playoff contention when Baltimore beat Detroit 18-16 on Monday night.

Mistakes, uneven play by rookie quarterback Geno Smith, injuries to key players on offense and some questionable decisions have all added up to another season of struggles.

Then again, very few outside of the team expected even this much from the Jets this season.

Ryan was by no means campaigning for his job, preferring at first to dodge questions by saying he doesn't think about his situation until reporters bring it up. But, a little of the coach's confidence reappeared when he was asked why he believes he should be back.

"Look, I'm a competent guy, even though I know that will be questioned a zillion times forward and backward, whatever, that's fine," he said. "But I know I'm a good football coach. I believe in this team. I believe in this organization and I'm determined to bring a winner to this team, there's no question about it.

"I know and I believe that I'm the right guy for it. Now again, I'm not the guy making that decision."

Ryan has gotten no indication from his bosses about his future, and neither owner Woody Johnson nor general manager John Idzik has spoken publicly about whether the coach will be around next season. That has led to increasing speculation that Ryan could be coaching for his job during these last two weeks.

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