Rex Ryan strongly denies he wants out

December, 28, 2012
12/28/12
2:21
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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was not a happy camper Friday.

The New York Daily News published a report this morning that said Ryan wants out if Jets owner Woody Johnson doesn't improve the team. Ryan met with local media and vehemently denied the report.

"I don't agree with everything that's written, but there's a report this morning that was untrue, quite honestly," Ryan said during his Friday news conference. "In the article it talked about if things weren't a certain way, I don't want to be the head coach of the New York Jets. That is totally untrue, ok."

Ryan, who said he was "mad as a hornet," continued to deny the report.

"The fact is its simple: this is the only team I want to coach -- period," Ryan continued. "Anybody who knows me knows that I’m telling the truth. Has it been perfect? No. Would I like this player or that player? Of course, anybody would.

"But I’m telling you this is my team, these are my players and I don’t want to coach somebody else's players. This is the team I want to coach -- period."

That is a very strong denial from Ryan, who said he is "proud to be a Jet." Ryan has two years left on his contract, and his job is safe, despite two consecutive non-winning seasons. The same cannot be said for general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who is expected to be demoted or fired next week.

The Jets (6-9) will travel to play the Buffalo Bills (5-10) Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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