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Johnson and Fox Speak Out on FOX Business Network’s America’s Nightly Scoreboard

In an interview tonight on FOX Business Network’s (FBN) America’s Nightly Scoreboard, Jets head coach Rex Ryan and team owner Woody Johnson discussed the successes and difficulties of the past season and their predictions for the upcoming season with host David Asman.

Ryan said he believes the team will “absolutely” win the Super Bowl this year, saying, “I never put a date on it, this year I am putting a date on it.” He goes on to explain how he motivates his team to be “selfless” and that is what it means to “play like a Jet.” He also praises Johnson saying, “no one wants to win more than Woody. He’s also available to the players.” Ryan went on to say that it is Johnson’s presence and the other coaches and players “from the top down” that make his success possible.

Excerpts from the interview are below.

Ryan on whether the Jets will win the Super Bowl:

“Absolutely. We are going to do it this year. When I took this job, I said before our President’s term is up, ‘we are going to meet President Obama.’ His first term is not up yet. Last year I said soon to be champs, I never put a date on it, this year I am putting a date on it. I truly believe we are going to win the thing.”

Johnson on whether the Jets will win the Super Bowl:

“I am going to go with the coach. We came two minutes away this year. We just ran out of time.”

Ryan on Jets owner Woody Johnson:

“No one wants to win more than Woody. He’s also available to the players. Mr. Johnson comes to practice several times a week, talks to all the players, all the coaches. When the top man is around and talking to everybody and it’s so natural, it’s a great thing. It’s going to be really hard for me not to be successful because of all the people around me. That is from the top down.”

Ryan on his philosophy that players should be “bad asses on the field, gentlemen off the field” and whether this mantra is successful:

“I think so. One thing I am really proud of is the fact that our players sell out for each other. They do the little things. Celebration Mondays- after a victory we watch the tape from the games and I will pick out 10 or 15 plays that show what it means to play like a Jet. A selfless act. I don’t necessarily show the spectacular catch. I show the other part of the game and they really buy into that team concept and it’s about us, not about the individual.”

Johnson on the controversy surrounding Sal Alosi tripping a player:

“We had a lot of controversy, but we made it through. Sal was a great strength and conditioning coach. We loved him when he was with us. He made a mistake. Hopefully he will get another show somewhere. We aren’t going to give him a second chance right now. He will get a second chance because of the value of his contribution.”

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