NFL notebook: Jets' Ryan 'mad as a hornet' over article

2012-12-29T00:00:00Z NFL notebook: Jets' Ryan 'mad as a hornet' over articleThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 29, 2012 12:00 am  • 

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan has no plans to go anywhere.

The feisty New York Jets coach opened his news conference Friday by denouncing a published report that said he would welcome being fired if owner Woody Johnson doesn't make significant personnel and coaching changes to the offense.

"There was a report that was untrue," Ryan said. "The fact is, and it's simple: This is the only team that I want to coach. Period. 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."

With the Jets (6-9) out of the playoffs for the second straight season, Ryan's job status has become somewhat tenuous in his fourth year. But Ryan said he was "mad as a hornet" when he read the Daily News story, and immediately called Johnson to deny it.

The paper, which quoted unidentified sources, said it stood by the report. The back page carried a picture of Ryan and a headline that said: "Rex Wants Out ... Unless Woody spends on Jets' woeful offense."

Ravens' Reed fined $55K

NEW YORK - Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.

Reed struck the wide receiver in the head and neck area, and was penalized for the hit in the game. He had a one-game suspension for several helmet-to-helmet hits reduced to a $50,000 fine last month.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if Reed's punishment fit the penalty he was called for. Replays showed Reed lower his shoulder into Cruz, connecting first with his chest. Reed's shoulder then made contact with Cruz's facemask, which drew the 15-yard penalty.

"The system is not perfect, although the motivation is correct and the idea is right," Harbaugh said. "It's still a work in progress."

Extra points

• Browns quarterback Thad Lewis will make his first career start Sunday against Pittsburgh, the NFL's top defense. Starter Brandon Weeden and backup Colt McCoy are both nursing sprained right shoulders.

Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson will miss the game because of a sprained ankle. He finished his first season as a pro 50 yards shy of 1,000.

• Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week. Forte went through a full practice Friday and was listed probable for the game at Detroit.

• Vernon Davis (concussion) is eager to get back on the field with the 49ers and help them build momentum for the playoffs during Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona. Davis practiced in a non-contact black jersey for the second consecutive day Friday but has not been cleared.

• Titans running back Chris Johnson (ankle) is expected to start Sunday against Jacksonville.

• Terrelle Pryor will start for the Raiders at quarterback Sunday in San Diego.

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