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Rex Ryan says he may “Tone it down”

In three seasons as the  Jets head coach Rex Ryan has never been afraid to speak his mind. Ryan who predicted back in February at the NFL combine that the Jets would win the super bowl has often been criticized for putting added pressure on his team.

Appearing on WFAN radio on friday Ryan says he may tone down his super bowl prediction talks.

“My thing about, ‘I’ll guarantee that we get it done this year,’ I thought the bull’s-eye was going on my back, and that’s fine,” Ryan said. “I was trying to put pressure on myself. So that’s something that obviously I have to learn from.”

Ryan said he did not want to be responsible for other teams having added motivation to beat the Jets.

“I certainly don’t want to fuel the fire,” he said. “I want to take pressure off our players. In actuality, maybe I was putting more pressure on our guys.”

In the interview an interesting thing Ryan said was that he drove by Metlife stadium during the Giants’ playoff-opening win against Atlanta two weeks ago. Ryan said he did this as motivation for himself to be a better head coach in year four of his regime.

Ryan has said multiple times this offseason that he has his full support in Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. He further backed up that statement in the interview.

When asked about LaDainian Tomlinson’s recent comments on Mark Sanchez and Santonio Holmes relationship being “as bad as I’ve ever been around.” Ryan said  he thought the running back might have overstated the amount of tension.

One thing Ryan did point out was that he needs to be at more meetings with his players. Ryan admitted earlier that he did not have the “pulse” of his team as he had in his previous two seasons as head coach.

“I need to be more involved, more hands on. I need to be sitting in all the meetings with them, learning,”

Looking ahead to next season Ryan said changes will be made.

“Well, I think we will make some changes. I have to look at myself. I think we’re a very talented football team. There are challenges.”

Their is no question for the Jets to reestablish themselves as a super bowl contender the decisions Rex Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum make will be critical.



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