On Friday morning, we discussed the report that Jets coach Rex Ryan had told people that he'd rather be fired if owner Woody Johnson didn't try to fix the team's offensive problems.
"If Woody's not willing to do what it takes to fix the team, then [Ryan] knows he's better off being fired," a team source told the NY Daily News. "If Woody is willing to eat some money and spend to get us out of this mess, then it's worth staying."
From Ryan's point of view, though, there's one problem. He said the report was untrue.
Rex Ryan: "I was disappointed... quite honestly, mad as a hornet" at the NYDN story. #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) December 28, 2012
"This is my team. These are my players. I don't want to coach any other players," Ryan told reporters. "This is the only place that I want to coach. Period. ... I'm proud to be a Jet."
Ryan said he talked to Johnson after the story ran and told him that he didn't feel the way that was described in the Daily News story. He told reporters he wouldn't have issued an ultimatum to the man who hired him.
Ryan also said he spoke to the reporter, Manish Mehta, who wrote the article but that Mehta declined to include Ryan's comments in the story. Basically, this has become a he-said-he-said situation. That's usually not a good strategy when dealing with the media.
So, who to believe? One Daily News columnist -- who, to be fair, might be a tad biased -- has an idea.
Rex Ryan can deny all he wants, but I stand behind my guy @mmehtanydn on his Jets scoop. Did anybody expect Rex to admit it? C'mon.— Gary Myers (@garymyersNYDN) December 28, 2012