Rex Ryan explains why his bold predictions are in the past
- Published: Wednesday, 05 September 2012 10:08
- by Doug Samuels
In his first few seasons in New York, it seems that you could always count on Rex Ryan coming out and making a bold prediction or two, but that has become nonexistent in the past season or so.
As Ryan explained to ESPN Radio New York, the decision to no longer make those type of statements came down to something that he learned from talking to some of his current and former players.
"With me, each time you kind of look at where can I improve and all of that stuff. I’ve mentioned this before about when I would make those statements I thought it would come down on me, that if it never worked then the pressure was on me and not my players."
"As you find out later, even talking to some of the players, guys that I really respect and guys that no longer play, their point was different, that actually it was a burden to them." Ryan explained.
"I never saw it and I was probably the only guy that never thought it would put added pressure on them but it did so I certainly don’t want to do that. Obviously I had pressure on me and that’s fine, that’s where I want the pressure to be. I want our players to play fast and free and get after it without having that added burden on them."
"I will put the burden on myself but because of the fact that I felt like it wasn’t just putting a burden on me it was putting a burden on them and that’s why I won’t make those predictions no matter how much I believe it.”
Sunday at 1, Ryan and the Jets welcome Buffalo to the Big Apple. The game can be seen on CBS.