As Jets coach Rex Ryan prepares for his fifth, and most tenuous, season with the team, he continues to believe that he’ll remain on the job for many more to come.
In an interview with WLNY-TV in New York, Ryan said he hopes to remain the team’s head coach for “about another 20 years.”
It’s a rare flash of bravado from a coach whose horns have been filed down to a nub in recent months, as demonstrated by far more restrained words and demeanor. He’s clearly on the hot seat for 2013, working now for a G.M. who eventually may decide to hire his own head coach after the upcoming season ends.
With Ryan’s best player traded to Tampa and a high second-round pick used on a quarterback who may not win the starting job, the task has gotten a lot taller in the past 12 days.