Rex Ryan: I deserve chance to keep coaching Bills

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Rex Ryan's job was reportedly in jeopardy even before the Buffalo Bills' brutal loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But when someone asked Ryan after Sunday's 27-20 NFL defeat if he thought he should be retained as coach, he gave a predictable, and typically colourful answer.

"What do you think I'm going to say? You're dang right I do," said Ryan, who is 14-15 in his two seasons with the Bills.

"It hasn't gone exactly the way I wanted it to go, that's obvious. But we have three games left and we'll try to win every one of them." 

After running back LeVeon Bell racked up 298 total yards, and the Steelers rolled to a win that was not nearly as close as the final score indicated, those rumours about Ryan's future will reach fever pitch in the Buffalo area.

With the Bills now 6-7 and fighting for their playoff lives, Ryan appears on the way out the door. 

Asked if he had heard the rumours that he could be sacked as Monday, Ryan said: "Guys, I'll promise you one thing: This is the first I've heard of it.

"I never knew about [the report] until you guys just said something, so that will tell you how true it is."

Ryan added: "I'm saying as a football team we failed. We lost games. But you're never going to say it's just the defence or it's this side of the ball or whatever. It wasn't good enough on either side of the ball today."