FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP)
No matter what, Rex Ryan wants to be the New York Jets coach for years to come.
He opened his news conference Friday by denouncing a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't upgrade the offense.
He said: ''There's no bigger Jet than me.''
He also said the Jets are the ''only team I want to coach - period.'' He hoped to be in the job ''for the next 15 years.''
With the Jets (6-9) out of the playoffs for the second straight season, Ryan's job status has become tenuous in his fourth year. But Ryan says he was ''mad as a hornet'' when he read the story, and immediately called Johnson to deny it.