Rex Ryan's New York Jets are in the throes of a three-game losing skid and, in his words, food doesn't taste as good is it normally does, beer isn't as cold as it usually is. "It's rotten. When you lose it's absolutely rotten," he said.
But has his confidence that his team can recover disappeared?
No, not really.
Ryan, who guaranteed the Jets would win the Super Bowl this season, after he predicted they'd go to the Super Bowl last season, is still thinking the Jets are bound for the Crown Jewel game in February.
"Yeah, I definitely think we are," he told the South Florida media moments ago. "But facts are facts. We have lost three games in a row. There's no question about that. And we've been there before. Unfortunately, this is my third year in a row, my first year we actually had two three-game losing streaks so I know what it feels like. But I also know we can get out of this. We have to this week. We know Miami is in a similar situation that we are. Both of us thought we'd have better records at this point. We've earned what we are right now."
Ryan, who has earned a reputation as something of a gasbag media darling in New York for his audacious predictions refused to back away from the Super Bowl talk when pressed on the subject.
"I can guarantee you we're going to chase it, that's for sure," he said. "Do I think we'll win it? Yeah, absolutely."
Ryan, whose team hosts the Dolphins Monday night, is obviously aware his team isn't playing well right now. But he couldn't resist tweaking the Dolphins cornerback tandem of Vontae Davis and Sean Smith whie discussing the difficulties of his own team.
"Well, we dared New England to run on us and they did," he said when asked if he'd dare the Dolphins to pass. "So I don't know if I want to dare anyone to do anything now. We've got two excellent cover corners. I know we're not as good as Miami's but we're pretty good."
In the preseason, Davis claimed he and Smith were the best cornerback tandem in the NFL. Um, they are not.
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[PRACTICE UPDATE: Koa Misi (neck) is practicing today but he seemed to be limited during the 30-minute window open to media ... Everyone is working on the field today, including Chris Clemons, who has been trying to get healthy much of the past three weeks.]