It happens so often maybe they should just never let Rex Ryan in front of a microphone.
A little more than a month after seeing his Super Bowl dream shattered in the AFC final for the second year in a row, the New York Jets head coach took to the podium on Thursday in Indianapolis and this time guaranteed a Jets Super Bowl next season.
“I thought we would win it the first two years,” Ryan said. “I guarantee we will this year.”
Ryan said he just feels that the players, the coaching staff, and even the fans of the Jets are convinced they are destined to win.
“We’re going to lock arms and find a way to get it done.” he said. “I’m going to see if I can will a championship.”
He put the onus on the Jets fans to make the New Meadowlands even less hospitable to visiting teams.
“We were 5-3 at home,” Ryan said. “We have to be better.”
Not even the threat of a lockout could dampen Ryan’s enthusiasm.
“We have no excuses, none,” Ryan said. “Whatever it takes, we will find a way to get it done.”
Only after he was through playing fortune teller would Ryan take questions.
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Denver Broncos chief executive John Elway said it at the Super Bowl and no one was really sure they should believe him.
John Fox cleared it up, yesterday.
Regardless if Tim Tebow is in the fold or not, the Broncos’ starting quarterback at this moment is Kyle Orton.
Fox confirmed that at the NFL Scouting Combine, but still managed to leave the door open for Tebow or even Brady Quinn.
“Right now, I think Kyle Orton is our starter,” Fox said. “We’ve got a very young guy, a high draft pick in Tim Tebow who got his feet wet last year toward the end of the season. He did an outstanding job. He’s got some of the intangibles you’re looking for. And then, shoot, Brady Quinn I’m looking forward to seeing play. I’ve watched him play a little bit in Cleveland. He’s a young guy that’s got about 13 starts under his belt.So we’ll see. But all three I think, I’m excited about.’’
With three separate podiums and countless tables set up for coach and player interviews with the media in the Baker and Daniels Room at Lucas Oil Stadium, things tend to get rather noisy. Rex Ryan was just getting into full Rex mode when a player’s availability was announced over the PA system, forcing the New York Jets coach to stop. When he announcement was over, Ryan shook his head and muttered: “And I was on a roll, too.” ... Bills safety Donte Whitner got called out by GM Buddy Nix on Thursday. Whitner, whose contract is about to expire has been watching from afar as the Bills brought in former Colts safety Bob Sanders for a look and talked about the possibility of bringing in Windsor native and former Rams safety O.J. Atogwe. Nix was asked if a the signing off Sanders or another safety would close the door on Whitner. “That’s up to Donte,” Nix said ... New Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his club is considering between eight and 10 players with its first overall pick in the NFL draft, but would not specify a position the organization was targetting ... A constant in every interview at the combine, whether it’s a coach or a player, is the pending lockout. On that front, there was a slight glimmer of hope. George Cohon, the federal mediator supervising the labour negotiations between the NFL and the players’ union said on Thursday that “some progress” had been made in the week-long talks but that “very strong differences remain.”