INDIANAPOLIS — It turns out Rex Ryan packed a suitcase full of bravado and brought it to the NFL Scouting Combine.
In Thursday’s most-anticipated news conference, Ryan didn’t disappoint. All he did was guarantee a Super Bowl win for his Jets next season.
After beginning with a short monologue about his recent appearance on “CSI: New York,” Ryan launched into his latest verbal salvo without being prompted by the 100 or so reporters who were at least four-deep on each side of the podium at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the Super Bowl will be played.
It was fairly evident that Ryan showed up with an agenda.
“The other thing I want to talk about, a more serious thing, about when I mentioned that 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 began. “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 organization, 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.”
Ryan went on for several minutes about why he believes in his guarantee, until being interrupted by the media-center PA system announcement that a prospect was available for interviews at a table across the room.
“I always love this thing,” Ryan quipped. “This is a little different for me. And I was on a roll, too.”
At one point, Ryan said he would “will” the Jets to a title, adding he “felt better” about the team now than at any point in his three seasons.
Taking it for what it’s worth, Ryan’s session was the first time reporters actually competed to ask questions. No doubt he had the room. When someone finally asked him if he runs the risk that people will stop believing him with each guarantee, Ryan essentially said he didn’t care what anyone else really thinks.
“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 organization 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.”