I don't know about you, but I have lost count of how many times New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan has guaranteed his team will win a Super Bowl. Ryan was on WFAN in New York with Michael Kay on Monday, and Kay asked him about his penchant for guarantees, among other things.
Read his response after the jump, and see the full interview at Sports Radio Interviews.
Kay: How can you make the proclamation that the Jets will win the Super Bowl when you don’t know who you will have on the team with the lockout?
Ryan: "Well the reason I say that is because what else do we have to accomplish? We’re going to go to the AFC title again? You know but I look at it this way. I think that we’ve had…you know I want our players and our fans to think ‘hey this is a certainty’, and to prepare that way. How would you prepare if you knew you were going to have an opportunity? That’s really what I think, but I believe it’s true. You know and you guys know me well enough to know that I’ve gone into every game that I’ve ever coached into my life and expected to win. Now it doesn’t necessarily come out that way, but you know there is an old saying ‘I rather aim as high as I possibly can and I rather fail aiming as high as I could than succeed aiming low’. I want to win and nobody wants to win more than I do. I know there’s people that want to win as much as me, but nobody wants to win more than I do. I had the courage to say that I expect to win, but at my first news conference ever I said that you know I had a feeling we were going to meet President Obama and people want to say I guaranteed a Super Bowl and that not true. I said in his first term [President Obama's], but his [presidential] term is not up yet. I still plan on being there. I still plan on meeting him. That’s something that no one will ever convince me of otherwise. You gotta prove it on the field and all that other stuff and I understand that, but I have the courage to say that we’ll win the Super Bowl this year because I believe in our football team and I believe in our organization."