Thursday, October 13, 2011
Rex Ryan: Jets still Super Bowl bound
By James Walker
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is not backing down from his Super Bowl prediction. Ryan said in a conference call with Miami reporters Thursday that he believes the Jets (2-3) are still going to the big game in February, despite New York's three-game losing streak.
"Yeah, I definitely think we are," Ryan said, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. "But facts are facts. We have lost three games in a row. There's no question about that. And we've been there before.
"Unfortunately, this is my third year in a row. My first year we actually had two three-game losing streaks so I know what it feels like. But I also know we can get out of this. We have to this week."
Ryan has made a lot of bold predictions in his three seasons in New York. Most of the bravado was legit after making it to the AFC title game in back-to-back years.
But this year's Super Bowl guarantee is on shaky ground. The product on the field hasn't resembled anything close to a team ready to win a championship. In New York's three losses, the team has been outscored 98-62.
"I can guarantee you we're going to chase it, that's for sure," Ryan said of the Super Bowl. "Do I think we'll win it? Yeah, absolutely."
Ryan is correct that the Jets have been resilient under his leadership. New York has been a wild card two consecutive years and came within a game of the Super Bowl both times. If the Jets plan to turn things around this season, it starts Monday in a must-win game against the Miami Dolphins (0-4).