Chargers general manager A.J. Smith, never shy about throwing out a few verbal jabs, has taken aim at Jets head coach Rex Ryan.
Smith has heard Ryan's frequent guarantees about winning the Super Bowl, and the general manager yesterday saracastically suggested that his Chargers don't have a chance in 2011.
“Well, I guess that means this year is out for the Chargers,” said Smith, per the San Diego Union-Tribune. Smith interviewed Ryan for the Chargers' head coaching job in 2007 but hired Norv Turner instead. "“So we will have to wait until next year - unless, of course, he’s wrong.”
Smith was asked if he'd be willing to make his own guarantee, but he passed.
“No guarantee from me,” he said. “We will just concentrate on trying to win the Vikings game for right now. The only person I can remember that was really good at guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory for the Jets was Joe Namath.”
Smith was asked if he has read Ryan's recently published book, "Play Like You Mean It."
"Not yet, but I will before we play them, probably on the trip to New York,” said Smith, whose Chargers visit the Jets on Oct. 23. “It’s on my ‘to do’ list.”