When informed that Las Vegas oddsmakers considered the New York Jets to be a mammoth long shot to win the Super Bowl, rookie head coach Rex Ryan declared the Jets should be favorites.
Behind the scenes, Ryan is acting like it.
When laying out the upcoming calendar for his players, Ryan presented them with a schedule that boldly went beyond this week's practice schedule for Saturday's playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Paul Brown Stadium.
Ryan wanted the Jets to know their Super Bowl parade will take place Feb. 9.
ESPN's Adam Schefter and Rachel Nichols report Ryan passed out a schedule of meetings, practices and off days through the Super Bowl.
Call it confidence, arrogance or a thinly veiled psyops, but the move apparently worked. The players were exuberant over Ryan's bravado.