Rex Ryan: Jets fans care about winning, not No. 1 pick

Monday December 15th, 2014

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan dismissed the idea that fans would root against the team so it could get a higher draft pick, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

The Jets beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to improve to 3-11 on the season. New York entered the game at No. 4 in the draft order, but the win dropped them to No. 6 while the Titans remained at No. 2.

Ryan said the team will not lay down to get a higher draft pick.

"Tough you-know-what," he said. "Real fans -- real Jet fans -- want to win. It doesn't matter what pick you get or whatever. If it were Peyton Manning out there, I could understand it, but I don't think Peyton Manning is out there. But either way -- you know what? -- we're going to fight every game. We're going to fight next week, too, against New England, and we're looking forward to it. Jets fans want to win. Are you kidding me?"

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Ryan's future with the team is uncertain after a dismal season. He reportedly has known since the offseason that Jets general manager John Idzik plans to fire him after the season.

Since making the AFC Championship game in each of his first two seasons, Ryan and the Jets have missed the playoffs the last four seasons. In nearly six seasons as the team's head coach, Ryan has a 45-49 record.

The Jets host the Patriots on Sunday before closing the regular season on Dec. 28 against the Miami Dolphins.

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