The Jets fell to 2-9 on Monday night when they lost 38-3 to the Buffalo Bills. Ryan said earlier this season he didn't expect to return next season unless the team started playing better.
Sources told The Post that, during the offseason, Ryan bumped into scouts and other coaches from around the league who told him Jets general manager John Idzik had been telling people his plan all along was to replace Ryan after the season and bring in his own head coach.
“Did he think that wasn’t going to get back to me?” an angered Ryan told one confidant.
Ryan is in his sixth season as Jets head coach and has compiled a 44-47 record. After reaching the AFC Championship Game his first two seasons, the Jets have missed the playoffs the last three years and are mathematically eliminated this season.
Jets fans have publicly called for Idzik to be fired. Fans raised more than $10,000 to put up a "Fire John Idzik" billboard near the team's stadium, and a banner was flown over the team's practice facility with the same sentiment.
New York is No. 30 in the league in both yards gained and yards allowed this season.
The Jets are in last place in the AFC East and host the Miami Dolphins on Monday.
- Paul Palladino