Ryan would be 'comfortable' as lame duck

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets shed no light on Rex Ryan's contract status Tuesday at their season-ending news conference, but Ryan indicated he wouldn't have a problem if he's forced to coach in the final year of his current deal.

"I'm comfortable," Ryan said. "With me, I'm a guy who looks for opportunities. I have an opportunity right in front of me to coach the New York Jets. That's all I need. I love it. ... This was my team growing up. To me, that's how I look at it. Regardless of what my contract situation is, I can't wait for the season."

General manager John Idzik declined to answer questions about Ryan's contractual status.

"My assumption all along was this is our coach, this is who I'm working with," Idzik said.

The Jets reportedly are poised to offer Ryan a one-year extension, through 2015, but as of Monday night, the two sides hadn't talked about specific terms, a source said. Asked if he's open to giving Ryan an extension, Idzik said, "We're happy to have Rex as the coach of the New York Jets."

Ryan cracked a one-liner when asked if he could've understood the reasoning if he had been fired after a third straight non-playoff season.

"I would've seen it as a mistake," he said, laughing. "I'm glad I really don't have to worry about that."

Ryan sidestepped questions about his coaching staff. He has at least seven assistants with expiring contracts, including defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman and special teams coach Ben Kotwica. Thurman is Ryan's right-hand man, and they're exceptionally close.

"I think we all know how I feel about Dennis," Ryan said. "He's done a great job, along with the other coaches. ... I think it will be pretty clear what the Jets think of our coaches in the next few days."

That would seem to indicate they're hoping to retain most of their unsigned assistants. One assistant, linebackers coach Brian VanGorder, is poised to become the Notre Dame defensive coordinator.