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    Notes: Rex Ryan says he wants to stay coach of Jets

    Rex Ryan (left) denied a report that he’d be happy to leave if owner Woody Johnson (right) doesn’t make changes.
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    Rex Ryan (left) denied a report that he’d be happy to leave if owner Woody Johnson (right) doesn’t make changes.

    Rex Ryan has no plans to go anywhere.

    Doesn’t want to, he said.

    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.’’

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    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.’’

    Ryan said he was contacted by the reporter Thursday night, but his response wasn’t included. Teri Thompson, managing editor for sports, said it was an off-the-record comment and as such was not published.


    ‘‘There’s no bigger Jet than me,’’ Ryan insisted. ‘‘I want to be the Jets’ head coach for the next 15 years.’’

    Saints, Payton agree

    The Saints and suspended coach Sean Payton will be together again next season as the bounty scandal fades into history and the bid to win a second Super Bowl resumes.

    Payton has agreed in principle to a multiyear contract extension, according to two people familiar with the deal.

    The people told the Associated Press about the deal on condition of anonymity because it hasn’t been signed and final details are still being worked out.

    ‘‘Very happy it is official,’’ Drew Brees said in an e-mail to the AP. ‘‘Never had any doubts.’’


    Payton was due to begin his seventh season as Saints coach in 2012 before being suspended the whole season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation.

    Payton is the only coach in Saints history to win a Super Bowl, a title earned at the end of the 2009 season. Without Payton on the sideline this season, the Saints missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

    Jaguar needs surgery

    Jacksonville’s worst season in franchise history may include a botched injury. Star running back Maurice Jones-Drew had surgery on his left foot Friday and will be out at least until May. The operation came 10 weeks after Jones-Drew hurt his foot at Oakland on Oct. 21 and created plenty of questions about why the team didn’t opt for surgery months ago. ‘‘We had hoped it would — as others have — heal without surgery, and it didn’t,’’ coach Mike Mularkey said . . . Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen said he turned down an offer to become defensive coordinator at Boston College. The move would have reunited Cullen with one of his closest friends, new BC coach Steve Addazio, and taken Cullen back to where he grew up. But Cullen, who played football at the University of Massachusetts, opted to stay in Jacksonville even though the Jaguars (2-13) are dealing with the worst season in franchise history. “It hasn’t been the best of years, but I want to see this thing get turned around,’’ Cullen said . . . The Packers are expecting wide receiver Jordy Nelson to return this weekend but the availability of fellow receiver Randall Cobb for the regular-season finale at division rival Minnesota Sunday is uncertain. Nelson is probable to play after being out the last three games because of a hamstring injury, while Cobb is questionable after he had limited work in practice Friday because of an ankle injury. The Packers can clinch the No. 2 seed in the NFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs by beating the Vikings . . . Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Lions despite an ankle injury suffered last week.

    Browns tab Lewis

    Third-string quarterback Thad Lewis was named Cleveland’s starter Sunday in the season finale at Pittsburgh, where he will take his first regular-season NFL snaps against the Steelers and their No. 1-ranked defense. Shoulder injuries to starter Brandon Weeden and No. 2 QB Colt McCoy will give Lewis a chance to show what he can do after almost three seasons spent on practice squads, running the scout team, and finishing off exhibition games with other backups. The Browns will also be without starting rookie running back Trent Richardson, who sprained his left ankle in the closing seconds last week in a lopsided loss at Denver. He broke almost every Browns rookie rushing record but wound up 50 yards shy of 1,000 . . . The Raiders are ready to get a look at Terrelle Pryor to see if he can be their quarterback of the future. Pryor got the nod to start Sunday’s season finale in San Diego in place of the injured Carson Palmer. After being deemed not ready to be the backup when Palmer got hurt last week in Carolina, Pryor now gets the chance to make his first career start. Coach Dennis Allen said he told Pryor and Matt Leinart early in the week that he was leaning to Pryor but wanted to see how practice developed . . . For the first time since he was taken in the third round in the 2009 draft, Mike Wallace will miss a regular-season game for the Steelers. An injury in his left hip and hamstring area will prevent Wallace from playing in the Steelers’ finale Sunday against the Browns. He will be an unrestricted free agent, leaving his status with the team for beyond this season in question . . . Tennessee running back Chris Johnson is expected to start Sunday against Jacksonville after returning to practice even though he was limited by an injured right ankle. Both Johnson and backup Jamie Harper (ankle) are questionable, and the Titans promoted fullback Collin Mooney from the practice squad to the active roster later . . . Fined by the NFL were Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, $10,000 for a chop block against the Giants; Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, who was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland’s Tommy Kelly after a play was over; and Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, who was fined $25,000 for striking Oakland’s Palmer in the back with his helmet.