Jets’ Ryan Reiterates Guarantee, Compares Himself To Babe Ruth

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Rex Ryan, the sultan of talk?

Last month, brimming with confidence, the Jets’ brash coach promised a Super Bowl win. On Sunday, Ryan reiterated the guarantee by channeling his inner Teddy Roosevelt, while at the same time comparing himself to Yankees legend Babe Ruth.

“They talk about walk softly and carry a big stick. I love that. I agree with that 100 percent,” Ryan, in attendance for the NFL’s annual league meetings, told the NY Daily News. “But I guess I feel more like Babe Ruth. I’m going to walk softly, I’m going to carry that big stick and then I’m going to point and then I’m going to hit it over the fence.”

According to legend, Ruth called his fifth-inning home run during Game 5 of the 1932 World Series. He pointed, then promptly blasted the next pitch over the center field fence, right to where he gestured.

“It’s like he had the courage to do that. I think I’ve got the courage,” said Ryan. “Now granted, I can’t hit anywhere close to Babe Ruth and I’m not as good a coach as Babe Ruth was a player. But I still feel the same way. I still feel like, why wouldn’t I say it? It’s easier for me to say it because I have people with me.”

The Jets are the only team to play in a conference championship game each of the past two years. Ryan said his team made major strides last season, and he believes it is natural to expect the Jets to take the next step.

“Babe Ruth had to walk up there by himself. But if everything was up to me and that we were going to win I’d hit one out, I believe myself I’m going to hit it out,” Ryan said. “More importantly, I believe in everybody – our players, our coaches, the fan base we have established here, everybody in the organization.”

This isn’t the first time Ryan has promised a title. During last season’s training camp, Ryan was asked to sign his team’s logo sticker on the back of a media tour bus. Instead of just signing his name, the brash Ryan wrote: “Soon to be Champs.”

Do you take offense to Ryan’s comparison, or do you like the swagger? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • Vincent Fondacaro

    bunch of haters you guys are

  • Dan

    How long before Rex gets his own broadway play like “Lombardi”

  • Hec

    “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far” quote was from Theodore Roosevelt who was also heavy, but Rex out weights both by at least 200 pounds. One was a great President, the other was a great baseball icon, Rex, well, he hasn’t even won a division.

    Rex, he speaks very loud & carries a lot of hot air. You only get one chance to say “we’re going to win it all” and then go out a win it. Rex has claimed it twice before & lost. Third time is meaningless. Ruth pointed & delivered. Namath said it & delivered. You can’t say “I told you so” after the 3rd, 4th or 5th attempt. It just not the same.

    • Vincent Fondacaro

      shutup, one was a great prez, one was a great baseball player, and rex ryan is a great coach obviously, he’s going to say it every year, if he coached the worst team in the league with the worst players he would say it because that is the kind of coach that he is, he speaks loudly, yes, and he carries the biggest stick in the league, yeah he hasnt won a division, but neither did the packers, so who cares about winning the division when you get to the playoffs and succeed is what matters,, has he had the upmost success? no he didnt win the superbowl, but the jets had no business being one of the final four teams remaining in Sanchez’s rookie year.. but they did it, and last year they beat the Pats when no one gave them a chance cuz they got killed in the regular season,,, think beforeyou talk

  • Bob

    the fruit does not fall far from the idiot tree

  • Chris

    Does that mean he spends most of his time drunk and on top of underage girls.

  • RoadTrip

    I guess no one bothered to correct Rex that the quote is “speak [talk] softly and carry a big stick”, especially since that would be completely against his talk-too-much personality.

  • Chris

    This guy is a complete toolbox. His Dad Buddy never got a Superbowl talking big and he won’t either. The good ones don’t need to do this. This will only make the road more difficult. If he never gets the ring people will say that this foolish behavior was the reason why. If he does deliver, he will never be forgotten.

  • Dan Borkes

    nothing wrong with this. hes not saying hes anywhere near the caliber of a coach that babe ruth was a player. its just talk its how he feels. preach rex

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