Rex Ryan didn’t need a question Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine before making his latest guarantee the Jets will win the Super Bowl. He spoke for five minutes without interruption, like a politician that always stays on his message.
His message remains: The Jets will kick your ass.
“I believe this is the year we’re going to win a Super Bowl. I thought we were going to do it the first two years; I guarantee we’ll win it his year,” Ryan said.
Around minute four, there was an announcement on the intercom here that a college player was ready to be interviewed a separate table. Ryan was waxing philosophic at the time about Jets fans and the need to win more at home, then lost his train of thought.
“I was on a roll too,” Ryan said, shaking his head, before continuing his soliloquy for a while.
Later in the session, Ryan explained his motivational philosophy in very few words.
“The reason I made that statement [the guarantee], I’m going to try to will a championship,” Ryan said.
Our intrepid friend Tom Curran of ComcastSports New England asked if Ryan’s guarantees may grow hollow after a while.
“We made it to the AFC Championship Game two years in a row when some people predicted we’d win six games. So I don’t care what people think,” Ryan said. “I care what our organization believes and what our fans believe. Empty promises? We’ve gotten better.”
After a crushing loss to Pittsburgh, it’s almost like Ryan decided that he needed to more outspoken. More cocky. Dialing back the volume would be a sign of weakness, so he’s going the other way.
Ryan was asked whether he thought the Jets were too respectful before playing the Steelers in the AFC title game. Did New York’s lack of trash talking somehow diminish their intensity?
“If that was the case, then I’ll rip ownership, I’ll rip head coaches, players, any of them,” Ryan said. “Because I want to win.”