Showing once again no lack in confidence, the Jets ratcheted their Super Bowl talk up again today, making it clear they’ll be the ones shaking Roger Goodell’s hands after he hands them the Lombardi Trophy following a Feb. 6 victory at Cowboys Stadium.
Rex Ryan signed the ESPN bus on Thursday with the words “Soon to be Champs.” And by soon, he doesn’t mean years from now.
He’s talking about Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.
“That’s what I’m saying,” Ryan said following the Jets’ morning practice at SUNY Cortland, when I asked him about his not-so-subtle message. "That’s our mentality, that’s our goal. And I’ve got confidence to put it up there. I don’t have to put, ‘Go, so-and-so.’ Yeah, whatever. ‘Cause to me, I believe we’ll do it. So why wouldn’t we say it, why wouldn’t we go for it.
“And again, I don’t care if people don’t like it. ‘Ah, just shut up and win something.' I’ve won a lot more than that person writing it, I can promise you that. And I’ve been there. My family has been to a bunch of these things and I know how to get there. And the first step is, if you don’t believe it yourself, your team darn sure won’t.
“And again, I’m not apologizing. I just know what’s going to happen. My crystal ball, I’m seeing a Super Bowl trophy in there. I could be wrong, but that’s what I see. But every time I go to work, that’s what I look at. So we’ll see what happens. I’m not embarrassed to say that I believe it will happen. So the great thing is we get to prove it soon, that’s the beauty of it.”
Even the typically laid-back, normally-reserved Matt Slauson got into the act. The second-year offensive lineman is battling with rookie Vladimir Ducasse for the starting spot at left guard, and he’s just as confident in the Jets’ postseason chances as he is that he’ll win the starting gig.
“We’re going to win the Super Bowl,” Slauson told Newsday. “If Rex goes out on a limb, we’ll go out on a limb.”