(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Even with the start of the NFL season nearly two weeks away, you don't need a Las Vegas bookmaker to pick a favorite for the first coach likely to be fired.
It's Rex Ryan.
At the rate he's burning through whatever goodwill is left on the Jets' side of town, he'll be lucky to still be working the sideline when they kick it off for real Sept. 8 against Tampa Bay.
Ryan was eerily calm at a news conference Monday, fending off question after question about: a) his bizarre decision to risk quarterback Mark Sanchez' health late in Saturday night's preseason game against the crosstown Giants; and b) the even-more bizarre postgame meltdown during which Ryan did everything - including invoking the Constitution - to avoid explaining that decision.
''Do I regret that he got injured? Of course,'' Ryan finally acknowledged a day and a half later. ''But again, I'm not going to say anything more about it, because I covered that already.''