Ever-Confident Coach Makes Waves At NFL Scouting Combine

Updated: 2/25/11 6:24 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS (WFAN/AP) — Rex Ryan is at it again.

Brimming with confidence after his team reached the AFC championship game the past two seasons, the outspoken New York Jets coach has promised a Super Bowl win next season.

“I believe this is the year we’re going to do it,” he said. “I believe this is the year we’re going to win the Super Bowl. The fact is, I thought we’d win it the first two years.

“I guarantee we’ll win it this year.”

The Jets are the only team to play in a conference championship game each of the past two years, something Ryan mentioned more than once while speaking to reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine. Ryan said his team made major strides last season, and he believes it is natural to expect the Jets to take the next step.

“I care what our organization believes and what our fans believe,” he said. “If we can improve a little more, then why not us?”

Ryan made headlines when he made the Jets’ divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts a “personal” matchup between himself and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The Jets prevailed 17-16. The next week, he pulled out the personal card again, this time calling out New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, and the Jets won 28-21.

Ryan wasn’t as brash heading into New York’s AFC Championship matchup with Pittsburgh, and the Steelers defeated New York 24-19.

Thursday’s 17-minute session was vintage Ryan. He talked for more than five minutes before taking a question, often drawing laughs from the media.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum doesn’t mind his coach speaking up.

“Anyone that’s down or feeling bad about themselves, spend a couple hours with him and I promise you’ll laugh a few times,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s a great football coach. There’s a lot been said about his personality, his guarantees, but at the end of the day, we got to judge him by his record. We’re lucky to have him.”

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 ESPN’s tour bus. Instead of just signing his name, the brash Ryan wrote: “Soon to be Champs.”

When asked if such boasts become hollow if the team doesn’t follow through, Ryan became defensive.

“I’m not the smartest guy of all time and the sharpest tack,” he said. “And guarantee? I don’t know. I just know how I feel.”

Ryan said he’s already started preparing for next season.

“You have time to go back, look at the tapes,” he said. “You start looking at the films. Our offensive staff and defensive staff have been hard at work really looking at where we are as a team, breaking down everything, looking at ourselves critically, looking at what we did well, looking at what we can improve.”

Ryan added that the team’s 5-3 home record last season was disappointing, and he quipped that their No. 3 defensive ranking wasn’t up to their standards.

“Our fans deserve better, and you know what?” Ryan said. “I think we’re going to figure it out.”

Ryan said he’s not worried about the league’s labor issues, he’s only focused on winning.

“We have a plan for every scenario, and we feel great about our plan,” he said. “I can comfortably say we’re making no excuses. We’re just going to find a way to get it done.”

Let us know what you think of Ryan’s guarantee in the comments below…

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Comments (13)
  1. Buzz Aldrin says:

    Comments like this are a dime a dozen. Meaningless. Now if he wants to up the ante and put his job on the line, then that’s saying something.

  2. Tron says:

    Rex is upset the Knicks are getting all the media attention. It will then be followed by the Yankees once the baseball season starts. Rex needs attention and no one is giving it to him. He’s the fat kid no one wants to play with. Football season just ended Rex, hit a cave somewhere, hibernate until September. No wait, September is Yankee season which goes into November. Never mind Rex, just go away.

  3. Trishe says:

    Idiot, those guaranties never worked, except for Joe.

  4. Joshua Normand says:

    Rex will guarantee that the Jets will lead the league in creative videos.

  5. jcap17 says:

    ‘Atta boy, Rex. LOL …

  6. Your Mom says:

    didnt he say the same thing last year? all the did was change the date and write the same story. Go Dolphins! jets suck

  7. InsideTheNFL says:

    so yet another season I hear the Jets claiming to be winning the Super Bowl.. I thought it was the 2010 season.. now it’s the 2011 season.. ok.. we’ll see.. how about in this day and age in the NFL.. it’s not “natural” to expect to make the next step.. or even make the the playoffs.. they could finish under .500 easier then they could win the Super Bowl.. the thing is.. when you reach 2 AFC champ games nowadays.. or even one.. you really have to capitilize on your chances.. because look at history.. most teams don’t make it back the next season.. and most finish worse then they had the previous year..

  8. NYC Cabbie says:

    Shut up you fat b@stage.

  9. New Lamby says:

    Blow hard.

    New England Patriots all the

  10. Adam says:


  11. John says:

    Rex, love you and the JETS but there is a dynasty in the making I am afraid and their name is the Packers. On the AFC side, there is the Patriots with a great young team and a TON of draft picks. The ‘next step’ is winning enough games so that you are HOSTING that AFC championship game.

  12. Ivan says:

    Rex please, give it a break…..

  13. Kaisersoser says:

    For crying out loud STFU! No one can even guarantee that they are going to live to see another year, let alone guarantee a superbowl ring!

    Christ and we are still 8 months away before a football is thrown in anger, and this joker’s already running his mouth…

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