New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said that he and owner Woody Johnson have not had any talks about him being fired before the end of the season.
Questions about Ryan's future have been circulating since the beginning of the season and have heated up after the Jets lost eight in a row at one stretch this year.
Ryan was asked again about his job status after the Jets were routed 38-3 by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, a game that was moved to Detroit's Ford Field because of the snowstorm that dumped more than six feet of snow in the Buffalo area last week.
"I’m not worried about it,’’ Ryan said to The New York Post. "One thing I know, unless it changes drastically, I will be the head coach here for the next five weeks. That’s what I know and I’m going to go about my job like I always do."
Although Ryan is confident of his status at least through the end of this season, the New York Post reports that Ryan has known all season that Jets general manager plans on firing him.
The Jets (2-9) will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Ryan, who has a 44-47 record in almost six seasons as the Jets coach, said he is going to use the last five weeks of the season to focus on the team, not himself.
"Woody Johnson hired me. We haven’t had any of those conversations. I’m just coaching. That’s all I can do," Ryan said, according to The Post. “It’s never been about me; it’s about the team and that’s the way it’s going to be. I just know I’m going to be the coach here the next five weeks and my team’s going to get everything I’ve got."
The Jets play the Miami Dolphins (6-5) next Monday night.
- Scooby Axson