- Rich Cimini, ESPN New York Jets reporter
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Rex Ryan issued an emphatic denial Friday to a New York Daily News report that suggested he wanted to leave the Jets unless owner Woody Johnson spent money to revamp the offense. Here are excerpts from his news conference:
His opening statement on the report: "Totally untrue. The fact is, it’s simple: This is the only team that I want to coach. Period. Anybody that knows me knows I’m telling you the truth. Has it been perfect? No. Would I like this player, that player? Of course, anybody would. But I’m telling you, this is my team, these are my players. I don’t want to coach somebody else’s players. This is the team I want to coach. Period.
"This is the only place I want to coach. Period. I mean, let’s face it, I wear Jets stuff every single day. Every day. I’m proud to be a Jet. Sometimes I’m proud to be a Jet more than others, but I’m proud to be a Jet. This season has been a rough one, no question, but this is my team. That’s how I approach it. ... I believe we can accomplish what I set out to do when I took the job. And that’s the truth."
"Quite honestly, I’m as mad as a hornet. ... I’d rather coach somebody else’s team? No chance. Absolutely no chance. I just want to make that clear."
On how he addressed it with players in the morning meeting: "The reaction they saw from me was probably a little more passionate, emotional, whatever you want to call it. ... There’s no bigger Jet than me. That’s how I look at it."
On his future: "I want to be the Jets' head coach for the next 15 years. There are probably a lot of fans out there that hope that isn’t the case, but you know what? I'm just telling it from my heart, this is the job I always wanted."
On the notion that he's trying to get fired: "That’s total garbage. That’s garbage. That’s not the case at all. The premise that I’d rather go somewhere else and coach somebody else’s football team, no way. This is my team. I’d rather coach my players and my team. I don’t care about who else it is -- the New England Patriots, anybody else, I don’t care. I want this team. My team. I don’t want to go anywhere. I don’t want to coach anywhere but the New York Jets. Period. I want everyone to know it."
On whether he talked to Johnson: "I called Mr. Johnson as soon as I read the article and let him know it’s absolutely, 100 percent not my intention. No way in heck. I'm not putting an ultimatum to this man that hired me. No chance. ... It’s Mr. Johnson’s team, but I feel honored he hired me to do a job. I told you from Day 1, what an opportunity I had. I always wanted to be a head coach, but to be the New York Jets' head coach, I mean, it’s unbelievable. ... I'm 100 percent committed to coaching this team."
Rex Ryan issued an emphatic denial Friday to a New York Daily News report that suggested he wanted to leave the Jets unless owner Woody Johnson spent money to revamp the offense.