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Rex jokes he won't be coach if Jets draft Clowney

Saturday - 7/27/2013, 5:40pm  ET

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan walks off after practice at their NFL football training camp Friday, July 26, 2013, in Cortland, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) -- Rex Ryan has a prediction: If the New York Jets can draft South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, he won't be the coach.

Ryan, considered by many to be in a make-or-break season, delivered a gem when asked Saturday how much of his daily discussions with general manager John Idzik involve looking beyond this season.

"It's safe to say I won't be here if we draft Clowney," a grinning Ryan said. "I can just say that right now. I think I'm going to say that without hesitation."

Clowney is the front-runner to be the No. 1 overall selection in next year's draft. Holding that top pick would likely mean the Jets had a terrible season.

"Shoot, that draft is miles away," a laughing Idzik said. "That's pretty funny, though."


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