Rex Ryan: Jets opportunity would 'be fantastic'

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

PITTSBURGH -- Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, the favorite to be named the New York Jets head coach perhaps as early as Monday, fielded questions from reporters after Sunday's 23-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC championship game.

Here's some of what he had to say:

What are the thoughts on the possibility of joining the Jets?

Rex Ryan: If I get the opportunity, that'd be fantastic. But right now, this is tough. You lose the AFC championship game. This group of guys overcame so much this year. I know we had more injuries on defense than any team in the NFL. Yet we kept competing. We used everybody we had. It's the unit. It's the strength of the unit that keeps us going not the individual. That's how this team played.

What will happen Monday?

RR: I don't know. We'll see what happens.

Does he have a timetable for what will happen next with the Jets?

RR: I sure haven't. Hopefully, I get that opportunity. But as of now I'm not sure what the plans are. ... We're not sure what's going to happen.

What have the coaches and players around you the past 10 years meant to you?
RR: Heh ... You act like it's a foregone conclusion. But, obviously, you spend 10 years in a place, that's tough. These are some great times.

You seem to be emotional when you talk about your players.

RR: Ten years. That's an eternity. It's special people.

What should people know about your thinking going forward?

RR: I'm not sure what the process is going to be. Right now, I'm employed by the Baltimore Ravens. I'm proud of that.

Was this year in particular valuable in learning to be a head coach?

RR: Really, I was blessed to be in this situation under John [Harbaugh] as the head coach and being around [offensive coordinator] Cam Cameron, being around some new coaches, [offensive line coach] John Matsko, [running backs coach] Wilbert Montgomery. So you learn. I certainly don't have all the answers, but it was great. The way John treated me, to be basically side by side in some of the head coaching decision was great for me. I think I'm more prepared to be a head coach now because of that.

Do you have anything scheduled for Monday?

RR: Not that I know of. Maybe I'll find out later tonight, but not that I know of.