Rex Ryan: If Jets can draft Jadeveon Clowney, I won't be coach

Rex Ryan has a prediction: If the New York Jets can draft South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney next year, Ryan 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 new Jets general manager John Idzik involve looking beyond this season.

"It's safe to say I won't be here if we draft Clowney," Ryan said with a grin. "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 likely would mean the Jets had a terrible season.

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

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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