Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Rex Ryan believes the New York Jets are your next Super Bowl champions.
Decked out in a Clyde Frazier throwback jersey at the Knicks-Lakers game Friday night, Ryan told MSG Network there’s “no way we don’t get it done next year,” and added “next year, I know we’ll win it.”
The bravado is nothing new for Ryan, who essentially has linked the Jets to Super Bowl glory since his first news conference with the team in January 2009. He’s still smarting from the Jets’ second consecutive AFC Championship Game defeat — a 24-19 loss to the Steelers — but said the disappointment can be turned into something positive.
“It feeds the competitiveness in you,” Ryan told the New York Post. “You’re sick that you missed out again, two years in a row. I know how important it is to this town and our fans, and how important it is to me, this football team. To come up short again, it’s a huge blow.
“But you do remember,” he said. “It drives your competitive spirit, like there’s no way, no way we don’t get it done next year. That’s how you feel. That’s how I feel. You can’t wait to get back and have at it again.”
In other news:
- Former Giants star Plaxico Burress has been confined to a New York state prison for nearly a year and a half following his conviction on felony weapons and reckless endangerment charges in 2009. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, visited the incarcerated pass-catcher Saturday and provided an update on his Twitter account.
- “He is doing great! He is running & lifting weights 5 days a week. He looks in terrific shape,” Rosenhaus said over the course of four successive tweets. “He is in great spirits and is excited to be reunited with his family on June 6th. We talked at length about his future in the NFL & he can’t wait to get back on the football field in 2011! He is mentally & physically strong right now and is looking forward to the future! He has set some great goals for his life on and off the field. Get ready to see him do some amazing things this year in all areas!”
- Jay Gruden‘s first week on the job as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator was action-packed, according to Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer. Gruden, the younger brother of former Bucs coach Jon Gruden, has been up to his ears compiling a playbook and getting his staff on the same page before departing for the NFL Scouting Combine later this month. Jay, sounding a lot like Jon, told The Enquirer that he’ll roam the sideline on game days. “I like to be down there when things aren’t going where they should,” Gruden said. “It’s important for me to calm everyone down or stick my foot up where it should be.”