INDIANAPOLIS — At last year’s NFL Scouting Combine, Rex Ryan said he had retired from the prediction-making business.
This year, he had a humorous re-entry into playing Nostradamus.
“I’m going to make the prediction after the season,” he said. “And I’ll tell you exactly how many wins we will have, and I think that prediction will be accurate.”
Ryan spent most of his media availability on Thursday — at the podium and afterward in the hallways of Lucas Oil Stadium — discussing the future of Darrelle Revis. That uncertainty is just one of the hurdles facing Ryan, as he enters his fifth season — likely a make-or-break one with a new GM in charge in John Idzik.
Ryan’s bravado may be different, and he had to spend most of his afternoon bobbing and weaving through Revis questions, but he is still his enthusiastic, confident self, and showed that when asked if this is the most pressure he’s felt.
“I don’t look at it that way,” Ryan said. “I look at everything as an opportunity, and I’m excited, just like I was the day I took the job. There are going to be changes. … I can tell you one thing, I’m going to coach my ass off.”
The Jets already started making roster cuts, releasing veteran LBs Calvin Pace and Bart Scott, S Eric Smith and OT Jason Smith on Tuesday. Other impending free agents include starters LaRon Landry, Yeremiah Bell, Brandon Moore, Matt Slauson and Shonn Greene. It’s not a convenient time for Ryan for the Jets to start rebuilding after back-to-back seasons missing the playoffs, but he doesn’t view it that way.
“To me, you’re either getting better or getting worse, and I’m confident we’re going to get better.”
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