New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was a guest on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio. He admitted that making Super Bowl guarantees over the past few seasons hasn’t helped his team, but rather it put unnecessary pressure on them.
“I don’t know what I accomplished out of it. I think if it gave an opponent fuel to the fire then obviously that was a mistake,” said Ryan. “If it put undue pressure on our team, then that was a mistake. Certainly I didn’t wanna do it, I wanted to put — coming off back-to-back championship games, all that’s left is the Super Bowl. And I thought by guaranteeing that, it would put the arrows on me.
“Now granted, it did, but it also put arrows on our players, and I didn’t want that,” Ryan continued. “If it was gonna come down, it would come down on me only. That was what I thought would happen, and that didn’t happen. It was shot on some of our players and obviously shot at me as well, where it should have been. But it wasn’t directed at me, and I think that was my mistake, by saying what I said.”
I’m glad that Rex has finally figured out that teams don’t win games in the NFL by running their mouth’s. In the end, his guarantees only made him look foolish. But I do believe he’s a good coach that will improve once he stops talking and focuses more on his job.
Thanks to SportsRadioInterviews.com for the quotes.