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Rex Ryan says Woody Johnson had no choice but to fire him

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan answers a question

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan answers a question during a news conference at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Credit: AP

PHOENIX - Bills coach Rex Ryan said in an interview on NFL Network yesterday that Jets owner Woody Johnson was justified in firing him after the team's 4-12 season in 2014.

"He had no choice," Ryan said. "He had to fire me. He had to blow it up to start again. He couldn't justify bringing me back again."

Ryan added that "Woody Johnson, to me, will always be a friend of mine. He's a guy that I respect. The man gave me a job when no one else [would]. He's almost like a big brother and he was outstanding."

Overall, Ryan said of his experience with the Jets, which lasted from 2009-14, "I had a million positive things from that."

Johnson said he remains on good terms with Ryan and expects the Bills to be entertaining to watch now that the outspoken Ryan is at the helm.

"They're going to have a lot of fun up in Buffalo," Johnson said. "Rex is a unique person. But I'm not going to really talk about that too much. We're focused on what we do."

L.A. talk heating up

Giants co-owner Steve Tisch said league owners could vote by the end of the year on whether one, or possibly two, teams will be placed in the Los Angeles market.

"The L.A. situation could be presented to full ownership for a vote before the end of 2015," Tisch said. "So yes, maybe not for the 2016 season, but probably if things keep going with the momentum, by the 2017 season," football would return to Los Angeles.

Tisch's fellow co-owner, John Mara, said Sunday that he could envision one or two teams playing in Los Angeles by next season, even if a new stadium isn't ready. The Chargers, Raiders and Rams all have designs on moving to the Los Angeles market.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft echoed that sentiment.

"I really believe within the next year we'll have two teams in this [Los Angeles] market," Kraft said.

He added that he prefers to see two teams share a stadium.

"I personally think that's the best way," he said. "It's in a way what happened in New York/New Jersey [with the Jets and Giants]. They corrected a situation that had gone on for many years. I think the Jets felt like maybe they were second-class."

But Kraft left open the possibility that teams currently experiencing difficult stadium situations -- i.e. the Chargers, Raiders and Rams -- might remain where they are.

No blackouts for 2015

NFL owners voted to suspend television blackout rules for the 2015 season, meaning all games will be televised regardless of how many tickets are purchased.

The NFL previously operated a system in which games would not be televised in local markets unless they sold out 48 hours in advance.

The Federal Communications Commission announced in September 2014 that it would not support the blackout rule. No games were blacked out last year, and only two were lost in 2013 and three in 2012.

The NFL said it will re-evaluate the policy next year.

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