At the NFL Combines yesterday, Rex Ryan did what he always does: guarantee a Super Bowl XLVI victory. "I guarantee we’ll win it this year,” Ryan said.
"I don't care what people think. I care what our organization believes and what our fans believe," Ryan said. "We've gotten better. I know we got to the same place last year. It might not appear that we got better. But I thought we got a lot better last year. I think if we can improve a little bit more, why not us?"
He added: "Why wouldn't I be positive? 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 a champion?"
Super Bowl XLV has only been in the books for a couple weeks, so I don't want to open a debate as to whether the Jets are actually going to win the Lombardi Trophy next year. But I am wondering at what point a head coach does a disservice to his team by so openly guaranteeing a championship victory. Does it put too much pressure on a team, especially when the guarantees start before the Draft even takes place? Or is it just the right motivating factor for a team that came up short of the same guarantee last year? Many of you guys played sports in high school or college — how did your coaches motivate you before a season began? Sound Off with your thoughts in the Comments.