Rex Ryan done making guarantees

Updated: September 7, 2012, 8:44 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan made one final guarantee -- his days of making guarantees are finished.

"I guarantee that I won't give any guarantees," Ryan said Friday. "I'm out of that business. Again, we've gone over that, it never helped us."

Ryan guaranteed that the Jets would win the Super Bowl last season, but it backfired -- badly. His team went 8-8 and missed the playoffs following back-to-back berths in the AFC Championship Game.

"I knew it would blow up in my face and come down on me if it wasn't successful, but I did not plan on it being a burden on our football team, which it was," Ryan said. "That's why I won't make them."

Of course, that doesn't mean Ryan isn't confident in his team this season. In fact, he said this particular team could be the best one he's ever coached.

Ryan, who has a 28-20 career record, was praised by owner Woody Johnson on Thursday. The fourth-year coach is under contract through 2014.

"I'm not going to comment on his status, but in terms of my confidence in him, I'm very confident in Rex Ryan," Johnson said. "You just have to look at his body of work. It's unparalleled in our history."

Responding to Johnson's comment, Ryan said, "I just hope I'm here a long time. That's what I plan on doing. I'm a confident person and I've said all along: I'm confident in my abilities. But I'm more confident in the people we have in the building here. Sometimes the head coach can get let go because maybe he doesn't have the people around him. I have the people around me.

"If they let me go, it's not because of that reason. It's because I must have failed. I have a tough time believing that I'm going to fail with the men on this football team (and) the people in this building. I just have a tough time believing I won't be successful."

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer

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