Rex says Woody's praise 'pretty cool'

October, 24, 2013
10/24/13
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Rex Ryan would rather not discuss his job status, but he didn't mind hearing positive feedback Thursday from New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, who praised his coach at a Super Bowl event in New York.

"I like the fact that my boss said some nice things about me," Ryan said. "That's pretty cool. As far as anything else, I said it before: It's not about me. ... Right now, it means nothing other than the fact that I'm happy he had some nice comments. As far as my situation, my situation is the Cincinnati Bengals. That's where my attention is."

The Jets are a surprising 4-3 under Ryan, but there's uncertainty about his future because he's working for a new general manager, John Idzik. In addition, Ryan's contract only runs through 2014. Teams usually don't let coaches go into a lame-duck season. Johnson, adhering to the organizational policy, said he'd make an announcement on Ryan's future after the season.

"That's the way it is for anybody," Ryan said. "Nobody talks about contract."

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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