Ryan guarantees Jets win
Big-talking Jets boss predicts a Super Bowl win this time around
By Paul Higham onTwitter: @SkySportsPaulH. Last Updated: 25/02/11 1:07pm
Ryan: Talking up Jets
Outspoken New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is at it again, predicting his team will win the Super Bowl - but this time he has guaranteed he will be lifting the Vince Lombardi trophy in 2012.
"We're the only team to make the final four the last two years. So why wouldn't I be confident? I'm always going to say the same thing. I believe we can be champs, and why wouldn't I believe it? Somebody tell me why I shouldn't believe that we deserve to be champions."
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Ryan appeared at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis - where Super Bowl XLVI will be held in Lucas Oil stadium next February and guaranteed he will be there guiding his Jets to victory.
Ryan has never been backwards in coming forwards and has picked his team to win the Super Bowl in both his previous seasons in charge and, although they have yet to do so, on each occasion he has at least come within one game of making the big show.
The Jets are the only team to reach the final four for the last two years, losing the AFC Championship game to Indianapolis in 2010 and Pittsburgh this year, with both their play-off campaigns coming exclusively on the road.
"I believe this is the year we're going to do it, I believe this is the year we're going to win the Super Bowl," Ryan said. "The fact is when I thought we'd win it the first two years, I guarantee we'll win it this year.
"The reason I feel that way is this: I know we're an excellent football team. We have a great organisation, we're the only team to go back-to-back in the final four, even though we never got it done.
"I know the kind of players we have, and I know the players we're going to have represent us. This is not something I just believe in. It's not what I want; it's what a whole bunch of people want."
Apart from only just missing out on making the Super Bowl, Ryan's boasts seem to have helped his team. He said the play-off game this season in Indianapolis was a personal battle with Peyton Manning - and the Jets won 17-16.
The following week Ryan claimed their clash with the top-seeded New England Patriots was between him and coach Bill Belichick, and the Jets ran out 28-21 winners before ultimately coming unstuck, albeit only just, in Pittsburgh.
"I don't care about anyone taking it serious," Ryan said. "We made it to the AFC Championship game two years in a row when people predicted we'd win six games a lot. So, I don't care what people think.
"I care what our organisation believes and our fans believe. We're the only team to make the final four the last two years. So why wouldn't I be confident? I'm always going to say the same thing. I believe we can be champs, and why wouldn't I believe it? Somebody tell me why I shouldn't believe that we deserve to be champions."
Ryan voiced his disappointment at their 5-3 home record last season, with an improvement in that statistic maybe giving them a chance of a higher seeding in the play-offs and avoiding more road trips.
The Jets staff are already back working on the coming season, providing the NFL and the players' union can find an agreement on a new labour deal and avoid a lockout.
"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."