CORTLAND, N.Y. - Next time, Rex Ryan won't tell the truth.
Ryan, who took heat for admitting he didn't see Mark Sanchez's opening-drive interception or how Geno Smith fared in his first NFL game in Detroit, defended himself Sunday, saying he's no different from other NFL head coaches.
"I see every single play, every special-team play, every offensive play, every defensive play, I see every one of them," he said, adding that he saw most of Smith's snaps, just not all of them. "I shouldn't have said the truth. The truth was, did I see the interception? No. I heard the interception when I heard the fans going crazy and I looked up and I saw [Lions rookie defensive end Ziggy Ansah] running with the football into the end zone . . .
"I promise you, with every coach, there's no difference. I guess I need to be tactful and say, 'Hey, we'll watch the tape.' From now on, that's all I'm going to say."
Ryan also said he can effectively manage all aspects of games despite the special attention he pays to the defense. "[It was] the same thing my first two years, even later than that," he said. "I'm very aware of the situations, the timeouts and all that stuff."
In his first interview since July, Joe McKnight had little to say about his health, his arrest for outstanding traffic violations or when he expects to be medically cleared. Instead, the running back, who wore a red non-contact jersey, repeatedly said: "I'm not getting into that right now."
The team released RB John Griffin (lower leg fracture) with an injury and signed WR Rahsaan Vaughn and RB Kahlil Bell . . . TE Kellen Winslow did not practice, along with LB Josh Mauga (back), OL Dennis Landolt (knee), C Dalton Freeman (ankle) and WR Titus Ryan (hamstring) . . . Ryan began his news conference with a video tutorial highlighting TE Jeff Cumberland and rookie DL Sheldon Richardson.