Rex Ryan guarantees Super Bowls for teams he doesn’t even coach
The Jets have always been a team that could talk, even during times that they weren’t that great at playing. Since Broadway Joe guaranteed a win in Super Bowl III, the Jets have been at the top of the league in bark if not always in bite. When Rex Ryan was hired as head coach, he continued this tradition with his annual guarantees of Super Bowl wins that have yet to happen, creating an environment where back to back AFC title appearances are a failure. The open mouth philosophy has opened the door to cracks in the team, with wide receiver Santonio Holmes coming out in the media publicly criticizing the offensive play calling and the offensive line in back to back weeks. After last Monday night’s 24-6 drubbing of the hapless Miami Dolphins, many in the organization hoped they had righted whatever wrongs had caused their 3-game slide and they could look forward to quiet week preparing for the San Diego Chargers this Sunday. Then someone asked Rex a question, and that plan went out the window.
Ryan, preparing to face the Chargers Sunday at MetLife Stadium, inadvertently took a shot at Turner in a conference call with the San Diego media. Ryan, who interviewed for the Chargers’ head coaching position in 2007, was asked how he might have fared if he had been hired instead of Turner.
“Well, I think I would have had a couple of rings,” Ryan said with a laugh. “I’m telling you, those teams were loaded. There’s no question about it. But things happen for a reason. Obviously, Norv Turner has done a great job there, and A.J. (Smith) and everybody. That’s a great franchise, and he’s probably the best guy for the job at that time.”
Ryan evidently realized his comments could be taken as a slight toward Turner, so he called his counterpart to clarify his remarks, according to a Jets spokesman.
The Chargers, of course, are known as a team that possesses incredible talent, often leading the league in offense, but underachieves when it gets to the postseason. So to say that if you were the coach rather than the guy who has been there then there would be no disappointing playoff exits, yeah, that could be a bit of a slight. Norv Turner didn’t even know about the comments when Ryan called to clarify, but when he heard Ryan’s quote, he wasn’t going to take it lying down. It isn’t January yet, after all.
“I hadn’t seen his quote and I was a little bit surprised by the call, and after I saw the quote I didn’t have the chance to ask him this, but I was wondering if he had those rings with the ones he’s guaranteed the last couple of years,” Turner told reporters in San Diego, taking a blatant shot at Ryan’s endless stream of bold predictions.
Oh snap, coach fight, part two! Turner seems like the kind of guy who doesn’t think of a really good comeback until after the conversation has ended, so this fits him pretty perfectly. “So do you keep those rings with the other ones you guaranteed…is what I should have said, but I didn’t think of it until a couple minutes ago.”
All in all, this should do little more than give the announcers for this game a talking point while Shonne Greene stumbles around for 0-yard gains on Sunday. At this point, it would be a lot more newsworthy if Rex gave an interview where he didn’t guarantee a Super Bowl win.