FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan may soon be out of a job, but he still believes that he can win a Super Bowl as a head coach.
"One day, I'm going to win that thing," he said Tuesday. "That's how I feel. That's it. That's just the way I'm wired. I don't look at myself as a three-win coach. I know I'm better than that, yet this is where we're at right now."
Ryan burst onto the scene as a first-year coach in 2009 determined not to "kiss" Bill Belichick's rings. But when asked if he still thinks he can win a Lombardi Trophy with the Jets, Ryan shifted the focus to his immediate future.
"I can't look past Sunday," he said, smiling. "I think I'll win Sunday, that's how I think. But eventually, I just see myself winning it as a head coach. I definitely see it. If that happens, I guess we'll find out down the road."
That road likely won't lead Ryan back to Florham Park, though. League sources confirmed to Newsday on Monday that owner Woody Johnson plans to hire former NFL general manager Charley Casserly as a consultant in the event that he fires his head coach and / or GM John Idzik after the season. Casserly, 66, won't be the only adviser Johnson will lean on if there's an overhaul, but the owner will be the one who decides their fate.
Ryan, who was presented Tuesday with the Eskenazi "Good Guy" media award -- said he doesn't expect Sunday's game in Miami to be emotional for him. He also said he hasn't given any thought to it likely being his last game as the Jets' head coach. "Guys, I won't let it," he said. "I think the best thing for me is, I know I have a job to do and that's exactly what I'm going to do. Again, I'm not worried about it."
Not too long ago, the Jets were the toast of the town. Long overshadowed by the Giants, Johnson's team garnered headlines because of Ryan's brash but lovable personality and their back-to-back playoff runs in 2009 and 2010 that ended a game shy of the Super Bowl.
"I miss the days when you'd walk onto the practice field or inside [the fieldhouse] and you'd see that whole [balcony] lined up with people and all the reporters," Ryan said. "Yeah, I miss those days. I miss 'em. When we were in the playoffs and we kept rolling, and each time, there would be more and more [reporters]. Yeah, I definitely miss those days."
The Jets have missed the playoffs four straight years since then, and now they can only hope to finish 2014 with a 4-12 record. "These last couple seasons have been pretty tough, there's no doubt," Ryan said. "This one is probably a dog-year season cause we only have three wins. But at the same time, it feels like yesterday [since the Jets were in the playoffs]."
But don't think for a second that all this losing has tempered Ryan's self-confidence. "Nah, I haven't changed one bit," he said, flashing another smile. "People are going to be like: 'You've won three games, that's crazy.' Yeah, that's right. I won three games, and that's one year . . . I always am a confident person, not just because of my ability. I was given some gifts and, obviously, a lot less in other areas. But I can coach football and I know that. But it's more based on the people that I'm around and people that I know. And I think that's what gives me the belief that one day, I'm going to win that thing."
Notes & quotes: Sheldon Richardson was voted the Curtis Martin Team MVP by the players. "[Rex] called my name and I had to look around and make sure it wasn't a typo," Richardson said. "I had to give a speech . . . wasn't ready for that at all. It was just a nice overwhelming feeling for me. I told the guys the season's not at all what we wanted or where we thought we would be, but I appreciate it a lot, I'm grateful for you guys and I love you." . . . C Nick Mangold (high ankle sprain) and WR/KR Percy Harvin (ribs) did not practice.