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Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Posted on: February 15, 2012 11:15 pm
Rex Ryan called the Super Bowl matchup a 'cruel joke.' (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

More than anyone, maybe even Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is happy to put the 2011 season behind him. His third year in New York began like the previous two: with talk of championships. Except this time, the Jets not only fell short of the AFC Championship game (where they had lost in 2009 and 2010), at 8-8 they didn't even make the playoffs.

By the final week of the season, one that ended with an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins, team captain Santonio Holmes had been benched for insolence. In the end-of-year press conference days later, Ryan spent most of his time explaining why everything went so horribly wrong and promising to fix it in the coming months.

Of course, Ryan says a lot of things, not all of them believable, starting with the annual championship guarantees. He also said he's committed to quarterback Mark Sanchez, which might be true right up till the moment a better offer comes along. And then there are his prognosticatory skills. In the days leading up to the AFC Championship game between the Ravens and Patriots, Ryan boldly predicted that Baltimore is "going to win this game."

So now Billy Cundiff knows who to blame for that.

Ryan, like the rest of the NFL world, was in Indianapolis for Super Bowl week. On Wednesday, he told the Newark Star-Ledger's Jenny Vrentas that when the championship matchup between the Giants and Patriots was set, it felt like a "cruel joke."

Still, the Giants winning their second Lombardi Trophy in four years hasn't provided Ryan with extra motivation heading into 2012.

“Absolutely not,” he said Wednesday at the annual luncheon for the Long Island Association, where he also participated in a panel discussion with Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms. “You can’t be more motivated than we are. ...

Click to enlarge Sanchez's Valentine Day message. (Twitter)
“Anybody that is successful, you have scars, and this clearly — we’ve got some scars this year from this,” he said. “But anybody that doesn’t have scars is either lying to you or never dared.”

Ryan also reiterated what he's said several times this offseason: “2011 was a huge disappointment for us, but if we don’t learn from it, then we’ll repeat the same mistakes. We are not going to do that; we’ll learn from it.”

Oh, and to set the record straight (we're looking at you, Norv Turner), technically, Ryan does have a Super Bowl ring -- he earned it as an assistant with the Ravens in 2000 (hey, if it counts for Trent Dilfer then it counts for Ryan). He spoke of more rings but thankfully didn't offer a specific time frame.

“I plan on getting another one, and I plan on getting it quickly,” Ryan said.
The coach, now heading into his fourth season, might have his biggest job in front of him. High on the to-do list: fixing the locker room. However, he may have one less thing to worry about: the awkwardness between Sanchez and Holmes. On Valentine's Day, Sanchez (who is reportedly dating Kate Upton -- yep, the same one Brinson somehow corralled for a few minutes in Indy) sent Holmes a very special tweet (it's to the right there -- click on the photo to enlarge). 

No word yet from Holmes.

Ryan's response Wednesday when Esiason pointed it out to him? "Pretty funny."

Yep, right up until the moment Holmes again quits on Sanchez and his teammates. Until then, it's hilarious.

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Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:09 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Easier said than done fatty!

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:46 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

This fat loaf makes me embarrased to tell people I'm a Jets fan.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:31 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Teams are becoming more and more motivated to beat the Jets.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:20 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Oh, Rex Ryan. I thought from the blog listings, you might have been talking about Matt Ryan. ;)

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:13 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Rex plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly? Buddy must have willed his to him and is circling the drain. Thats about the only way Rex gets a ring.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:12 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly


I guess he will never learn.

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 9:03 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

I've been a long time Giants fan and a Jets fan as well (as unusual as that may seem) - the only time I root against the Jets is when they play the Giants.....I have to say that watching coaches like Coughlin work as opposed to wathicng coaches like Ryan run their mouth is pretty see one coach who gets it and one who just doesn't. Rexxie, it's time to shut your mouth and stop talking about rings and championships and worry about getting into the playoffs. The 2 years getting to the conference championship game gave Rex a false sense of the stature of the Jets. Both of those seasons the Jets had a suffocating defense and a great running game - but were also fortunate to get as far as they did, backing into the playoffs the way they did.

I'd be a happier Jets fan if rex Ryan shut his mouth and coached this team better. His solution to the terrible locker room problems - "no more captains" - what a friggin' joke. Other teams have captains and they gel and come's like Rex is a gimmick coach - he tries everything but good, honest coaching.

And a news flash for Tannenbaum - get rid of Santonio and anyone else in the locker room who is not on boadr and a distraction because T-E-A-M is the most important ingredient. Coughlin and Reese wouldn't stand for that sort of nonsense in his locker room - that's part of why they are Champs.

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:49 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

The Nets as well.....hmmmm I sense a pattern here......

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:45 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Yea, and i plan to date a victoria secrets model, quickly. Really who cares what this guy Ryan says. Stop asking him questions trying to keep him relevant. in the news. HEs a loser and the Jets are a loser franchise like the mets, thats why they rhyme

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:36 am

Ryan plans on getting a Super Bowl ring quickly

Wow....Ryan just doesn't have an ounce of "Shut Up" in him.  He just puts extra pressure on the team....and that only works for so long.  He really ought to take a lesson from the guy in the other locker room.  Ryan's a big mouth, just like his Dad, and he'll never change.  It's really a shame because he is, in fact, a good coach. He's never going to get a ring as a head coach and his mouth is the number #1 reason why.

Just one more reason that I thank the GOOD LORD for making me a Giant fan!

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