A day after admitting last year’s Super Bowl guarantee was a “big mistake,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan couldn’t resist the urge to make another bold claim, stating that his team will win at least one game in 2012. He later doubled-down, saying he would quit his job if he wasn’t correct.
“I don’t care what people say or think about me for saying this,” said Ryan as he was talking to ESPNNewYork’s Rich Cimini among other reporters who cover the Jets. “But there is no doubt in my mind that this team, my Jets, will definitely, 100 percent win at least one game next season. I know that my guys will try their hardest to make sure my guarantee holds true and if we don’t win a game next year, I will resign from this position immediately after the season.”
Many members of the media were shocked at the audacious statement given by Ryan but others were expecting an announcement like it to happen, simply because of what Ryan has said in the past. Even Ryan’s players were taken aback.
“When Rex makes these overly optimistic guarantees, it tends to make us, the players, feel really good about ourselves,” said QB Mark Sanchez. “The way last season ended, we weren’t sure we’d compete at all next year, but knowing Rex believes we have at least one win in us gives me the kind of confidence I haven’t had since I was playing at USC and picking up cheerleaders at Beverly Hills High.”