NEW YORK (AP) - Rex Ryan is staying home to watch the Super Bowl rather than checking it out in person from MetLife Stadium, because it's ''a bummer'' that his New York Jets aren't playing in it.
The coach, who received a contract extension after the Jets finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs, says Friday that the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks clearly earned their way to get to the NFL's biggest game and ''we certainly didn't.''
Ryan says rookie quarterback Geno Smith did ''a tremendous job'' of improving. But he wouldn't commit to Smith as next season's starter.
Ryan had a busy day of promotional appearances that included handing out ice cream from a truck on Broadway for New Era, and meeting fans at a midtown restaurant renamed ''Jets House'' for the week.
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