Everyone's favorite blowhard, Jets head coach Rex Ryan, was at his blowhardy best this afternoon.
One of the final coaches or general managers to meet the press today, Ryan climbed atop the riser and first talked about his recent experience taping an episode of CSI: New York. A smiling Ryan said Jets' GM Mike Tannenbaum "dominated" his scene, called him a diva, and said Tannenbaum complained that his on-set trailer wasn't as big as show star Gary Sinise's.
Then he continued his opening statement:
"This is the year we win the Super Bowl. I thought we'd win it my first two years [as Jets head coach]. I guarantee it this year."
Ryan's declaring his team to be Super Bowl favorites is nothing new - he did it the day he was announced as Jets head coach in 2009, and he's done it several times since. But now, he's guaranteeing it, and even has a little catch phrase for the season.
"We're going to link arms and we're going to find a way to get it done," he said, referring to players, coaches and fans.
When asked if Ryan's words start to lose a little impact when he makes such proclamations over and over, he got a little fired up.
"Well I don't care about people taking it seriously. We made it to the AFC Championship game two years in a row, when I think people predicted we'd win six games," he said. "So I don't care what people think. I care what our organization believes and what our fans believe.
"We've gotten better. And I know we got to the same place last year and it may not appear we got better. But we got a lot better this year. If we can improve a little bit, why not us?"
Ryan said it starts with winning the AFC East, which is "easier said than done," and when asked if the Jets have passed the Patriots for divisional dominance, he cited New England's divisional crowns in each of the last two years as evidence that they have not.