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

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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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