With each passing day, it seems someone different from the New York Jets is making a Super Bowl prediction.
That may be tiresome to fans who don't suscribe to the color green, but coach Rex Ryan pointed out that he and his players are bucking the taboo of not publicly speaking about the one goal that every NFL franchise covets.
"Not everybody says it because nobody has the guts to say it," Ryan said during a conference call with Baltimore media Thursday. "We're just a little different that way. If you really believe it, you should be able to say it, and I don't care if anybody likes it or not. If that's what you have to do to get your team fired up and put those things on the wall, then go for it. But at the end of the day, we believe in our team, and we truly believe in our team. Again, that's our goal. We have one goal as an organization, and that's to win the Super Bowl. It's not about the Pro Bowls or anything else. It's about winning the Super Bowl, and that's what we plan on doing."
Linebacker Bart Scott echoed his coach's sentiment.
"That should be for everybody," Scott said. "Everybody – whether they want to say it publicly or not – believes that they're going to go to the Super Bowl. When the Ravens acquired [wide receiver] Anquan Boldin, they said, 'Man, we're ready. We've got no excuses. We can go to the Super Bowl.' Only difference is, we're not afraid to say it publicly. When you do that, you put a target on your back, and I think you set yourself up for people to publicly wish for you to fail. But who cares? We're a confident group, and we believe that we have a legitimate shot. So it's up to us to go out there and prove it."