- Jane McManus, Reporter & Columnist, espnW.com
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NEW YORK -- Jets owner Woody Johnson and Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch were asked about their respective coaches' job status Thursday during a panel to promote Super Bowl XLVIII, and both expressed confidence in their picks.
After a discussion of the logistics behind the first cold-weather NFL title game, Johnson was asked, "How does Rex Ryan keep his job?"
"I have the utmost confidence in Rex," Johnson said. "We don't talk about long term, short term, any of that, during the season. He's a great teacher, he's a very good leader and I'm happy with Rex."
Ryan, who has his team off to a surprising 4-3 start, will have a year remaining on his contract after the 2013 season. Generally, coaches are extended before heading into lame-duck seasons.
"That's the way it is for anybody. Nobody talks about contracts," Ryan said later Thursday, responding to Johnson's comments. "I like the fact that my boss said some nice things about me. 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."
Tisch was then asked about the 1-6 Giants, and he seized the opportunity to throw his support behind coach Tom Coughlin.
"As Woody expressed confidence in his coach, we certainly feel the same way about Tom Coughlin," Tisch said. "He is one of the finest leaders in the NFL. We have two trophies in the lobby of our Quest Diagnostics Center, which attest to his leadership ability."
Those wins have insulated Coughlin from some of the calls to fire a coach that usually come for a coach who is in the midst of a losing season. Tisch's comments left little doubt that Coughlin has the support of the ownership group.
"There is nothing wrong with the Giants that a few W's won't fix," Tisch said.
Tisch said no one wants to turn the season around more than the players themselves.
"Sports is a metaphor for life, sometimes things don't go the way you want them to," Tisch said. "But we know we have very good players who come to practice every single day, work their rear ends off, and they want to win as much as the fans want them to win."
ESPN.com Jets reporter Rich Cimini contributed to this report.
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