INDIANAPOLIS -- Whether it is during a recent halftime interview at a Knicks game or in Indianapolis in front of a throng of national reporters, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan is thrilled to talk about who he thinks will be the next Super Bowl champions.
Ryan guaranteed -- again -- that the Jets will win it all.
"I believe this is the year we're going to win," Ryan said during his news conference at the scouting combine. "I guarantee we'll win [the Super Bowl] this year. I'm trying to will a championship."
After two straight AFC Championship Game losses, Ryan is positive that his Jets will finally get over the hump this season.
However, Ryan did admit that the Jets aren't yet the best team in their own division.
When asked if the Jets have finally passed the New England Patriots after beating them twice this past season, including in the playoffs, Ryan said, "No."
"They were the AFC [East] division champions the last two years so I would say without question we are behind them still," Ryan said.
There's no doubt the Jets have a good thing going, but before they can win a Super Bowl, Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum have the tough task of trying to keep a successful roster together with several players with expiring contracts.
Linebacker David Harris signed his franchise tender on Wednesday but wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, along with cornerback Antonio Cromartie, are among several key Jets who will be looking for new deals.
"We want all our players back," Ryan said. "We know that is not realistic but we know we have an outstanding football team. But I can tell you one thing, we are not making any excuses."
And that goes for Ryan's championship boasts as well. Until proven wrong, Ryan will keep saying that the Jets will be Super Bowl champions.
"I don't care what people think," Ryan said. "I care what our organization believes and what our fans believe. It might not appear that we have gotten better [after two straight AFC Championship losses], but I thought we got a lot better last year. If we can improve a little bit more, then why not us?
"I'm always going to say the same thing. I believe we can be champs. Why wouldn't I believe it? Somebody tell me why I shouldn't believe that we deserve to be champions."