Three straight seasons out of the playoffs has done nothing to diminish Jets coach Rex Ryan’s confidence.
Ryan continues to believe that he’s a great coach — and in his view, that’s not just a belief but a statement of fact.
“Do I think that I’m a great coach? I absolutely know I’m a great coach,” Ryan told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “But it’s not just about me. What makes a great coach is the people that surround you, the people that are with you every day. There’s guys that help me be a great coach. My players help me be a great coach.”
Ryan clarified that he’s not claiming he’s Vince Lombardi.
“I’m not saying that I’m the best or whatever . . . or the best of all time,” Ryan said. “I just know that I’m the best that I can be. I know that I’m willing to do the work. I may have limitations. I get that. But nobody’s going to convince me that they’re more passionate about their job than I am . . . and that they’re more passionate about their organization than me.”
Now this great coach needs his team to play like a great team — or at least a good team. If the Jets miss the playoffs for the fourth straight year, Ryan is going to be a great coach without a job.