FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan has coached 93 regular-season games for the New York Jets. The prevailing thought is he'll get to 96 and that will be it. When it was suggested to him Monday that he has sounded at times like a coach who knows the end is near, his voice rose and he morphed into Old Rex, if only for a few seconds.
"I'm not conceding anything, man," he said the day after his 11th loss in 13 games. "I'm not going anywhere. I know I've got three weeks, and here we come."
In his next breath, Ryan joked he hasn't been told by anyone he definitely has three more games. Say this for the embattled coach: He hasn't lost his sense of humor, albeit gallows humor.
For the second straight day, Ryan offered effusive praise of Jets owner Woody Johnson, who hired him in 2009 and likely will fire him after the season. Ryan's admiration for Johnson is genuine. It also helps his image to be supportive of his owner because he knows other owners -- potential employers -- might be watching.
"I don't like it when people criticize the ownership because that's the furthest thing from the truth," Ryan said, adding, "Trust me, you should be really happy this guy's your owner, because he is committed. He's committed to this.
"You should be happy this guy is your owner. You can do a heck of a lot worse than having Woody Johnson as your owner, I promise you."