Rex Ryan: My boasting cost the Jets a Super Bowl
Rex Ryan says he'll keep his predictions to himself from now on.
At last season's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the Jets coach guaranteed that his team - coming off two straight AFC Championship Game appearances - would win the Super Bowl. Now the famously confident Ryan says the boast was "a huge mistake" that put undue pressure on the talented Jets.
"It was something that I've been thinking about a great deal," Ryan told reporters in Indianapolis on Thursday. "Obviously, we had a terrible season. I'll take full responsibility for it. I think part of that guarantee really contributed to that."
The Jets were thought to be a lock for a playoff spot, but they lost their final three games and finished at 8-8, sparking locker-room drama.
Now that the rival Giants have won the title Ryan promised for his Jets, he's had plenty of time to think about the consequences of his bluster.
"Looking forward, first off: no promises," said the 49-year-old Ryan, who is entering his fourth year at the helm. "We're going to have a team now."
Still, while keeping his comments vague, Ryan said Thursday he holds thoughts similar to last year's about his team's chances in 2012.
"At the end of the season, we'll know it was a great season," he said.
Ryan began heavily forecasting a Super Bowl win at his introductory press conference in 2009, declaring that the Jets "would get to meet [President Barack Obama] in the next couple of years at the White House." As recently as last week, Ryan - who won a Super Bowl as a Baltimore assistant after the 2000 season - said: "I plan on getting another one, and I plan on getting it quickly."